US – The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday recommends that all school children 2 and up should wear masks in school vaccinated or not.
The AAP, says it is important for children to have in-school learning, but with a previous record of low spread rates with social distancing and masks in school in 2020, they recommend a continuation of those rules for 2021, including teachers.
“Remote-learning highlighted inequities in education, was detrimental to the educational attainment of students of all ages and exacerbated the mental health crisis among children and adolescents. The benefits of an in-person school outweigh the risks in almost all circumstances.”
“As we start the 2021-’22 school year, a large portion of students are not eligible to be vaccinated and there are COVID variants that are more contagious. Because of this and because we want to have all students in school, the AAP advocates for all students, teachers, and staff to wear masks while indoors in school,” AAP said.
Concerns of schools not having the budget to monitor vaccine status or enforce mask policies on vaccinations statuses that a blanket coverage would be best.