Most public school districts have decided to end mask mandates as frustration with Covid-19 restrictions continued to grow. These frustrations were expressed in recent elections in Wisconsin where liberal school board members saw crushing defeats at the ballot box.
While most school districts across the country have given up on mask mandates, Wisconsin’s largest school district has decided to keep them ‘indefinitely’.
The school district, which serves over 70,000 students, said they are ‘concerned’ about recent Covid trends in the city of Milwaukee and that they want to keep mask mandates because of the relatively low vaccination rate within the school district.
The district has flip-flopped on mask mandates repeatedly. They lifted the mask mandate for just one day earlier this week before forcing students to mask up again.
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“In light of the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) decision to keep the mask mandate, “indefinitely,” Tea Party Patriots Action (TPPA) Honorary Chairman Jenny Beth Martin issued a statement.
“Understanding body language and nonverbal cues are an essential part of child development for communication. This absurd policy will cause irreparable harm to these kids’ development as the rest of America’s kids develop normally. Why? So adults can feel less afraid? Since when do we use children as a shield to protect adults? This is government-imposed child abuse and it must end,” she said.
Martin had also condemned mask mandates in a column for Townhall earlier this month, while offering some hope that it will help Republicans in the midterms. “Never Ending Mask Mandates Bode Well for Republican Midterms,” she wrote, especially considering it looked to have helped Republicans last November in the Virginia and New Jersey statewide elections.”