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American Academy of Pediatrics recommends masking for all students

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 3:32 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 6:56 PM CDT
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ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) - The American Academy of Pediatrics said people should mask up in schools once again.

This comes after COVID-19 variants and decreasing vaccination rates are causing concern about managing the spread. The academy urges all individuals ages two and up to wear face coverings.

CDC leaders said they support the recommendation.

“We recommend that schools implement layered prevention strategies to protect those who are not fully vaccinated and encourage vaccination for those who are eligible. Masks continue to be a part of those layered prevention strategies,” stated Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the advice, local schools are not planning to implement mandatory masking again. St. Peter Public Schools said infection rates remain low, so further precautions are not needed.

“Our numbers have been really low. We have had more than double our number of usual students involved in summer school and enrichment programs. We haven’t had to deal with COVID much at all over the summer,” explained Bill Gronseth, superintendent of St. Peter Public Schools.

Gronseth said the school district is monitoring infection rates and will implement more precautions accordingly.

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