Washington, Aug 28 (AP) The ongoing debate over whether students should wear masks has reached the courts when schools reopen after the coronavirus pandemic. In at least 14 states of the country, petitions have been filed against or against the imposition of masks in schools. Some school administrators have even had to fight legal battles against state leaders to secure the children. Legal experts believe that states have the power to enforce laws to prevent infection at the local level.
Legal experts believe that states have the power to enforce laws to prevent infection at the local level. Due to the ongoing protests and violence regarding masks in America, this debate has now reached the courts.
Public schools have different rules regarding masks. In some states it has been made mandatory and in some it is banned. Whereas, there are some states which have left its responsibility to the respective districts.
In Florida, Texas and Arizona, the fight to require wearing of masks in many schools has reached the courts, and governors have also jumped into the matter. Similarly, petitions have been filed in Utah, Iowa and South Carolina. In Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Montana, court cases have started to make masks mandatory.
Among the ongoing debate over masks, the most concerned are the parents of the children. Different decisions have also come in the courts. Proponents of wearing masks won in Arkansas and Arizona, while the Texas Supreme Court overturned the decision, while a Florida judge approved the rule.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing masks in schools. Children 12 years of age or less in the country are not yet eligible to receive the anti-Covid-19 vaccine.
Republican leaders are opposing the decision to wear masks, saying that children are at lower risk of infection than adults and it would not be appropriate for them to wear them all day long and parents should decide whether they want their children to wear masks. Huh. However, public health experts say that masks are an important shield in the prevention of corona virus and do not pose any risk to children.
AP Ashish Pawanesh