Local parent advocates for mask policies in schools
Given the new evidence on the delta variant, today the CDC is recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools.
One local concerned parent of three small children, Stephanie Ulrich, has been advocating for a change in mask policy for Biloxi Public Schools. Her two youngest contracted COVID-19 and won their battles, although not without severe complications.
Currently, Biloxi Public Schools has released their 2021-2022 Plan for Success stating: In accordance with the CDC and MSDH guidance, the Biloxi Public School District recommends that unvaccinated staff and students wear masks while inside of school buildings. This is recommended, not required. The use of masks may change throughout the school year due to updated guidance or newly adopted executive orders.
Ulrich said, “All the people that study this virus are concerned and that our concern as parents is valid. They need to be protecting these children in schools and if they’re not going to do a mask mandate then they need to be doing distance learning so that our children are protected.”
With the updated CDC mask recommendations, Stephanie hopes Biloxi Public Schools will comply, but only then will she feel safe sending her children to school.