As school districts make decisions for fall, NC pediatricians recommend masks

CARY NC (WNCN) – The debate about masking in classrooms has reached school boards in the Triangle.

The latest is the Wake County School Board, which spent much of Tuesday afternoon listening to what local doctors have to say about the current rising COVID-19 cases and what that could mean for classrooms.

The board eventually voted unanimously for a mask mandate.

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Health experts recommend keeping masks in place for all students.

“If you’re inside at this point, regardless of vaccination status, I think the best policy is to mask,” said Dr. Danny Benjamin of the ABC Science Collaborative.

The North Carolina Pediatric Society sent an open letter to all public school boards on Tuesday urging them to disguise themselves for in-person classes.

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“Very soon, it will be very difficult and we will disrupt the learning of many children and the lives of many families if they go back to school without masks,” said President Christoph Diasio.

Rising COVID-19 caseloads and low vaccination rates among teens are examples of why he said masks should stay.

“You’ve got this perfect storm of you having a lot of kids, unprotected, in a close environment, and if they’re not wearing masks, we’re very concerned that the delta variant will spread very quickly in that environment,” Diasio said.

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