1/Dear School Boards Who Need a Mask Off-Ramp,

Here are some "Don't Miss" features of the CDC school mask guidance that help.

First, indoor masking for ages 2 & up is RECOMMENDED - not required - for the unvaccinated.
2/CDC uses the phrase "may opt to" in reference to admins who want to "make mask use universally required".

Note this comes AFTER saying indoor/outdoor masking for unvaxed is RECOMMENDED

We then see a list of unsubstantiated, data-bereft validations that can be used as excuses
3/ What we're seeing in some places is the use of the Excuse List as reasons a district can't or shouldn't make masking a choice.

But the CDC isn't saying these are reasons to mandate masks - just reasons that a district might want a universal masking policy

See the diff?
4/Don't misunderstand me:

The CDC is wrong to keep pretending cloth stops airborne, aerosolized respiratory viruses

And wrong to ignore/deny the natural immunity that ~30M+ kids & teens have acquired.

But if they had the data to show masks work, they wouldn't say "recommended"
5/ Even schools that adopt universal masking are told to make exceptions under ADA & workplace safety issues.

This does NOT mean you relegate those kids outdoors on a bench, like @Naperville203 did to @gracialivie's daughter. #epicfail
6/Elsewhere in the document, the CDC says "localities might implement fewer COVID-19 prevention strategies," which is them saying, "We have no real control over schools."

The "one at a time removal" is, again, a "should" vs a "must." The discretion is yours.
7/ For a larger K12 district in a metro area, @CUSD200 did a nice job last week, reading between the lines like I just did, to devise a CDC-aware plan & make masks optional.

This isn't reckless. It's savvy. medium.com/district-200-n…
8/ We see some other Chicagoland K12 districts in Illinois like @d202schools & @Geneva304 following suit.

Others, like @sdu46, misstating what the CDC has said and rejecting the off-ramp for elementary kids.
9/ And here's a one HS-only district @ETHSWildkits - which has a racially-diverse student body - teeing up for a system that all-but-forces teens to be overtly branded by medical decision.

Utterly untenable & inequitable.
@ETHSWildkits 10/ COVID is a seasonal, endemic virus that presents a near-zero risk for severe outcome to most kids -- as I wrote about this week via Substack, linked here woodhouse.substack.com/p/a-one-week-v…

I urge you to show gratitude & courage by making masks optional for all.

END 🧵
P.S. Good rule of thumb in this or any crisis:

Whatever CPS does, do the opposite

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No data cited.

Of course. ImageImage
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Why is that?
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Legislature MIA
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