TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WBRC) – The latest efforts to secure a publicly voted mask mandate for Tuscaloosa County (TCS) schools are falling on deaf ears. That’s because the advocacy of parents and even a few local doctors for a mask mandate in the TCS doesn’t make much movement at all.
“We want them to stop saying it’s up to the state. It is not up to the state. It is to the leaders that we elected in the schools of Tuscaloosa County. It was up to Dr Johnson, who said these children are his 7 to 3 year olds. She has to do all she can to protect them from 7 to 3 years old, ”said Dr Keisha Lowther, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
TCS public relations director Terri Brewer said no board member offered to change optional mask procedures at the TCS board meeting on Monday. Superintendent Keri Johnson said the COVID student positivity rate is currently around 1%.
The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could only recommend, not impose universal masks in schools, relying on the responsibility of parents to prevent the spread of COVID.
“What you want for your child is a safe and healthy school environment, and you want other parents to act as responsibly as you do. Children weren’t transmitting COVID in school because we had masks and social distancing. The masks are working and we are going through a period of high transmission of a different variant than last year, ”said Dr. Karen Landers, head of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
TCS plans to resume regular COVID reporting at the system level after the first two full weeks of school.
The WBRC filed another request for an interview with Superintendent Johnson on it regarding masks and COVID, but she still did not respond as of Wednesday morning.
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