Learning NewsParents push back against state mandate for masks in school; some unenroll their children

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Some parents in Central Oregon and elsewhere are threatening to, or actually pulling their children out of public schools until masks are not required.

Officials with the Oregon Department of Education say the recent decision by Gov. Kate Brown follows federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to curb the rapid rise of the more-contagious delta variant of COVID-19.

A Bend mom says her 6-year-old son got COVID, but had problems recovering because he had to wear a mask at school. She says the combination of having to wear a mask and the other COVID protocols played a factor in her not wanting to send him back to school.

“The structure of everything — while I understand it’s meant to keep some safe, I do feel like the mental anxiety that all the kids experience by having to do all these certain things in such a certain way, and they couldn’t just be kids,” Justinna Rossett told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday. “(It) wasn’t enough for me to send him back to school.”

Other parents are also considering not sending their children back to class this fall.

Read more at KTVZ.com

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