BALTIMORE (WJZ) – During the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night in Anne Arundel County, Superintendent George Arlotto made a proposal supported by him and Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, County Health Officer.
The recommendation states that if any school has a COVID rate of 5% or higher, students and staff will be required to wear masks and take the test at home.
This recommendation is designed to keep more children in school.
In a statement, the school district said the recommendation is not a mandate but a way to avoid virtual instruction or removing students from class during the outbreak.
Some parents were unhappy with the district’s approach. Parents like Kim Pratta, who attended Wednesday’s board meeting said, “No more masks; no more testing needed; no more isolation. ”
And Pratta is not alone. About two dozen people showed up to protest the recommendation.
“We are constantly putting the burden of this pandemic on our children,” said Shannon Leadbetter.
In February, the mask requirement was lifted in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the first in the state to do so.
“They’re laughing again, they’re socializing, its great emotional effect on the kids,” another parent said when the assignment was lifted.
The board did not vote on this recommendation to make it a requirement but it encouraged moving forward.
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