Dozens of school districts across the state have done away with mask requirements despite the latest CDC guidance saying masks should be worn in classrooms due to low vaccination rates among children.
Over the weekend, about 75 parents protested the Mequon-Thiensville School District’s mask mandate. Parents said they want the district to join a list of nearly 50 public school districts in Wisconsin that have either done away with masks in classrooms, or plan to do so for summer school. This includes school districts in Waukesha, Mukwonago and Cedarburg.
“We still have young children below the age of 12 who can’t yet get vaccinated, we have older children 12 and up who have only just become eligible, and so we need some time to make sure we can get all of those kids vaccinated,” she said.
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 15,000 kids in Milwaukee County have tested positive for the virus, according to county data. 236 children were hospitalized, and one child died.