Parents rally in Mineola to demand state lift mask mandate for kids
Parents rallied in Mineola Wednesday demanding the state change its current mask mandate for children in schools.
The parents want Nassau lawmakers to put pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the mandate.
The current guidelines require all students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade wear masks in school.
"Parents need the right to have a choice. I'm not saying that children, that nobody should wear a mask," says Mariah Karpavicius, of East Norwich. "If you're more comfortable with your child wearing a mask than that's fine and your choice, but if I'd like my child to be able to sit down at his desk without his mask on, I should be able to have that choice as well."
In about a month, schools across the Island will be letting out for summer vacation. That means the next thing parents want to know is, what mask mandate will be in effect when camp starts?
According to the state, children ages 2-5 are not required to wear masks in school or at camp. That had been slated to change to require kids in that age group to wear masks in child care settings, but was quickly changed back.
Children age 5 and older will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks at camp, except during transportation.
Mark Transport, of Crestwood Country Day Camp, says kids ages 2-5 no longer have to wear masks at school and at camp. Transport says kids ages 12 and up are encouraged to get vaccinated for camp, but adds Crestwood is not mandating it.
Camp directors and other staff are required to get vaccinated and show proof.
Some parents at Wednesday's rally argue that wearing masks, sitting behind barriers and staying 6-feet apart in schools is overkill.
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