Like many other students around the world who have been impacted by the pandemic, I dread wearing a mask to school. Despite not being able to see everyone’s faces, I still firmly believe that public health should always be prioritized.
Especially in elementary schools, where many students are not eligible for the vaccine, it is imperative that we invoke a mask mandate to keep students, teachers and their family members safe. Rising COVID cases in elementary schools are preventable through safety measures. Therefore, the stricter we are about enforcing masks, the faster we will be able to combat the pandemic, repeal mask mandates and see each other’s smiling faces at school again.