Remove mandatory masking for kindergarten

Remove mandatory masking for kindergarten

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Erika C started this petition to Simcoe County District School Board and

this petition is to oppose the mandatory masking of kindergarten children in Simcoe County. Masking is now being mandated for all times during school including recess outdoors, the only exception is during meals. Please consider signing if you want your voice heard to revoke this mandate as it goes against the recommendations of experts in the field. 


Thankfully the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has described the situation beautifully. 

“A report from the World Health Organization recommends that masks not be used by children 5 years of age and younger, and expresses caution for their use in children between 6 and 11 years of age; for these older children, a risk based approach is recommended regarding mask use, taking into account factors such as the degree of COVID-19 transmission in the local community, the ability of children to comply with mask use, and “the potential impact of mask wearing on learning and psychosocial development”. It notes that the effectiveness of mask use in younger children is substantially less than in older children and in the adult population. In addition, research to date has demonstrated that disease rates, and severe outcomes in particular in young children, are much lower than the adult population, and that younger children play a less active role in COVID-19 transmission than do older children (teenagers). The report from the Hospital for Sick Children indicates that with the present incidence of disease, mask use in middle school and high school students is recommended but not in elementary school children. They also note that it is impractical to expect most children and youth to wear a mask properly for the duration of the school day, and that younger children in particular would need close monitoring for this to occur, including in regards to appropriate procedures for putting on and taking off the mask and storing it appropriately when it is removed in order to prevent infection spread.”

Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC Medical Officer of Health

 

 

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