“Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status,” the CDC’s school guidance says.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 67,000 pediatricians across the country, also recommends that all school staff and students wear face masks.
“AAP recommends universal masking because a significant portion of the student population is not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce transmission of the virus and to protect those who are not vaccinated,” Its guidance states.
The virus is surging for a third time in Iowa, and new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are reaching numbers not seen since last winter’s surge, which was the pandemic’s deadliest point and was before the vaccines were widely available.
Davenport: The Davenport Community School District would have faced legal jeopardy unless it enacted a mask mandate, its lawyers told school board members before they passed a district-wide policy to begin wearing masks next week.
The board’s decision, passed on a 5-2 vote, was based at least in part on CDC guidance. The Quad Cities’ hospital ICUs have been at capacity for several weeks and the number of cases among children is on the rise.