Dear Governors Ducey, DeSantis, Reynolds, Stitt, McMaster, Lee, Abbott, & Cox:
We are outraged - stop playing politics with our kids’ health! The ban you issued on masking in schools is contrary to public health experts’ recommendations and risks our children’s health and ability to keep schools open. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) all agree that to protect children’s health extra public health measures are critical right now.
While the Delta variant is spreading like wildfire and pediatric ICUs are filling up in your state, we can’t waste another minute to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19. To protect our kids and keep them in school, we need a layered approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with state officials working alongside school districts, parents, and schoolchildren to stem the spread—NOT against them!
We need our leaders to follow the recommendations of nationally and internationally respected public health experts. We need everyone who can to get vaccinated. We need universal masking while COVID numbers are up. And we need to adhere to proven safety practices like masking, ventilation, testing, social distancing, and hand washing. When it comes to the health and safety of our children, we demand leadership—not blocking safety measures and political games!