Parents and students are starting to prepare for the start of the school year, which is usually an exciting time for kids and their parents. Buying school supplies and going shopping for school clothes is a big deal for many households. This year that excitement is turning into anxiety for many people because of the masks mandate. According to wivb.com, the CDC recently released updated guidance that recommends grades K-12 wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.

Some adults may not realize this, but young children are dealing with COVID-19 fatigue too. Young children are starting to see adults walking around without a mask on and it seems like to me, that can start to get a little confusing for school-aged children. Like many parents and teachers, I feel that in-person learning is extremely important for students, yes online can be done, but it should only happen for young children if necessary. The CDC guidance will ultimately play a huge part in how the school year will end up, but it's going to be critical that the voices of the parents and students are heard.

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If we keep seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, I'm sure there is going to be a mask mandate for students and staff, no matter if the person is vaccinated or not, which would just put a damper on the learning experience in my opinion. I hope that people decide to get the vaccine so we can finally get over the massive number of people catching the virus.

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