Students, parents express their opinions on Caddo School District’s mask policy

Students and parents speak out about Caddo school's mask policy at the Caddo School Board...
Students and parents speak out about Caddo school's mask policy at the Caddo School Board meeting.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 4:41 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 7:36 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Caddo is one of the only school districts in the ArkLaTex that have decided to keep their mask policy in place after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards lifted his state’s mask mandate last week.

Parents and students who attended the Caddo Parish School Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 2 openly voiced their opinions about the policy.

“The choice for children to wear masks is for the parents. You don’t get to decide whether children wear a mask or not even if that’s not the popular opinion right now,” one parent said.

“Masks are working to slow down the transmissions and defeat sickness. And secondly, masks aren’t causing harm to the health of our children,” said another parent.

The board also heard from students both for and against masking up in schools.

“Generally, I think that wearing masks at school all day is stupid,” said one student.

Another student said they believe masks help decrease COVID-19 cases. “The reason people are saying that COVID cases are low now is because we have a mask mandate, not because that there isn’t one.”

After students and parents shared their opinions, some board members offered responses.

“You can’t just jump up and say ‘because of something that happened the day before yesterday that we’re going to make a change immediately’,” board member Mary Trammel said. “You need to give us just a little bit of time to figure this out.”

As of now, the mask policy remains in place for students and employees.

Masking options among K-12 students for Caddo schools is on the school board agenda for Nov. 16.

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