Michigan board of education clash over mask rules during meeting

Some for, some against requiring children to wear masks at school

A Michigan board of education meeting became heated when discussing the issue of children wearing face masks at schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A Michigan board of education meeting became heated when discussing the issue of children wearing face masks at schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As K-12 schools prepare to resume in-person learning in Michigan and across the nation this fall, many are discussing whether children should be required to wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all students and school staff wear face masks. In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her chief medical officer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, are also recommending that face coverings are worn this fall.

More: Dr. Joneigh Khaldun: Optional school mask policies not consistent with CDC recommendations

But their recommendations are not mandates, and face masks are not currently required for children at Michigan or U.S. schools.

The Michigan State Board of Education talked about the issue this week in a meeting that became heated among some.

Republican members of the board of education wanted to pass a resolution that would prevent a mask mandate, but that did not go through. The board then decided to focus on whether local districts will require face masks or not.

More: School districts across US consider whether masks should be required

Many parents called into the meeting to share their opinions about mask mandates at their children’s schools. While the parents’ opinions differ, it is clear that they feel strongly about the issue.

During a three-hour meeting, a discussion got heated between Vice President Pamela Pugh and Treasurer Tom McMillin. You can see some of the conversation in the video report above.

The board of education doesn’t have the power to order a mask mandate. Instead, with an 8-2 vote, the board decided to give local school boards the authority to decide if students should mask up during school.

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As K-12 schools prepare to resume in-person learning in Michigan and across the nation this fall, many are discussing whether children should be required to wear face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Michigan State Board Of Education, Education, Michigan Education, Michigan Schools, K-12, Face Masks, Face Coverings, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pandemic, Mask Mandate, Michigan, Michigan News, Pamela Pugh, CDC

Watch the full report in the video player above.


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