D10 Mask OPTIONAL School

D10 Mask OPTIONAL School

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Jamie DeFilippis started this petition to School Board

This petition is to make the 2021-2022 school year in District 10 a MASK OPTIONAL start on August 19, 2021.

We are asking our school board and Mr. Benes (superintendent) to give our families a choice in how they are most comfortable attending their in-person learning experience for the upcoming school year.

Per July 9th updated CDC Recommendations the following was said. 

"CDC continues to recommend masking and physical distancing as key prevention strategies. However, if school administrators decide to remove any of the prevention strategies for their school based on local conditions, they should remove them one at a time and monitor closely (with adequate testing through the school and/or community) for any increases in COVID-19 cases".

Across the country, Approximately, 40 states have either banned wearing a mask or have left it optional to parents. Many of these states are ruling mask mandates in schools are unconstitutional. 

The following Illinois school districts and counties have already implemented mask optional policies: Hancock County, Warsaw School CUSD #316, Legacy Christian, Patoka CUSD #100, Bridgeport, Flanagan-Cornell Unit 74, Elmhurst Timothy Christian, Jasper County, Hutsonville, Dunlap CUSD #323, Lake Zurich, Lemont, Waukegan, Orland Park, and Barrington. 

The signees of this petition urge the District 10 school board and Mr. Benes to consider how it effects the governing of our district. Upon research of this school code we are confident that you will find that ISBE has the power to "advise and assist" but does not hold the power to require superintendents to follow that advice. 

Dr. Fauci's emails indicate that, "the typical mask you buy at a store is not really effective at keeping out the virus". These words are coming from our nation's leading disease expert. Why are we continuing to put our children and teachers at risk for long-term effects from wearing a mask? The following is the growing list of health related incidents being reported in our schools and fellow Illinois schools directly related to mask mandates: anxiety, fear, depression, thoughts of suicide, headaches, dizziness, dermatitis, nose bleeds, trouble breathing, rashes, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart wall). 

Mask mandates are no longer required at churches, grocery stores, swim lessons, sporting events, restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, etc. Why is this mandate still in effect for the place that our youngest citizens spend 7+ hours a day? Our children are suffering socially, emotionally, physically and academically at the hands of this unjust recommendation.

The constituents and families of District 10 are signing this petition to remove the mask mandates from our schools, remind our school board that they have the power to act independently and a duty to uphold the best interests in our children. 

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