Statement on Northam Mask Mandates in Schools
Life is easy when you’re a Democrat politician because you can twist whatever legislation you want to fit your narrative.
Governor Northam is falsely using SB 1303 to promote his newest decree – mandatory masks in schools. This bill doesn’t mandate masks in schools. It’s about getting our children back into the classroom and ensuring that they have in-person education for the 2021 school year.
The patron of this bill, Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, made it explicitly clear in her recent statement that this bill wasn’t about mask mandates. She said, “SB1303 advises that in order for schools to be open this year they follow CDC guidelines to the maximum extent practicable. Translated – open schools and be adaptable to our children because in-person education is the most important thing. Mandates aren’t adaptable.”
The Governor needs to quit hiding behind this legislation as the reason for his decree. He needs to step up and own the decision that HE wants to mandate masks in schools.
As a parent with children in the public school system, let me be clear on where I stand on this issue. If you are a parent, you should have the right to choose whether or not your child wears a mask at school. It’s that simple. This shouldn’t be up for debate in the Governor’s office or the local school board. This decision should be left with the parents.