The West Ada School District recently passed a masking requirement for students and staff.
However, students may opt-out of masking if their parents sign a waiver. Today, hundreds of parents lined up to opt their kids out of the masking requirement.
The waiver (pictured at the end of the article) tells parents that their decision to opt their kids out of the masking requirement goes against the “recommendations of Central District Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the West Ada School District.”
The statement also says that if their student is exposed to COVID-19 while not wearing a mask, they may have to quarantine for 10-14 days.
On the “Mask Requirement Opt-Out Form,” the district also says they reserve the right to terminate the agreement at any time if health conditions change. Additionally, the district says that masks will still be required to be worn on school transportation.
Idaho Dispatch asked our readers how they felt about the West Ada School District masking requirement, including the opt-out option.
Someone named “Robbo” said,
If you can opt out, what is the point of mandating it in the first place. Waste of time and effort.
Another commenter, someone named Kyle said,
There should be no mandate to start with. Anyone who wants to wear a mask can and those who don’t shouldn’t have to.
At the time of this writing, none of the commenters said they disagreed with the opt-out option on the Facebook post Idaho Dispatch made. Many of the comments agreed with the option to opt-out, and several other commenters said there shouldn’t be a requirement in the first place.
One commenter did say they disagreed with the option to opt-out but felt that parents should just send their kids to school without masks and not sign a form.
Idaho Dispatch spoke with one parent, who wished to remain anonymous, who chose to opt their kids out of the masking requirement. Here is what they told us on why they chose to do so:
We decided to opt out of the mask guidelines due to overwhelming scientific evidence that doesn’t support the need for kids to wear masks. The science shows that masks are actually more harmful for kids to wear, and it is our duty as parents to make the health decisions for our children…not the school board.
What do you think of the West Ada School District policy? Do you believe there should be a mandate, no mandate, or an option to “opt-out” with a mandate?
Let us know in the comments below.
Note: The form below is the form parents are filling out and turning in at the West Ada School District to opt their kids out of wearing a mask.
Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, Central District Health, Covid-19, Masks, West Ada School District