How Strict Should Schools Be About Masks? In Orange County, The Question's Part Of The Reopening Debate: LAist
If Orange County public schools resume in-person instruction in the fall, the county's Department of Education has advised schools to 'encourage' students to wear masks and face coverings 'to the extent feasible.'
But several members of Orange County's elected Board of Education have voiced skepticism about the scientific consensus that masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 — and they think the department's guidelines don't strike the appropriate balance.
Board members are now moving to publish their own set of guidelines that — according to this document — will advise OC schools that 'requiring children to wear masks during school is not only impossible to implement but not based on science and could be potentially harmful.' Another guideline: social distancing is 'unacceptable.'