Abilene pediatricians pen letter supporting school mask mandate

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A visitor wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene pediatricians have penned a letter supporting district-wide mask mandates for the upcoming school year.

In the letter, members of the Pediatric Associates of Abilene, as well as multiple other pediatricians and public health authorities, emphasize the need for a mandate, saying this is the only way to keep children who are unable to make a choice about getting vaccinated safe.

Association members say increased safety measures during the 2020-21 school year, which did have a mask mandate, contributed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and other viral illnesses. 4

Read the full letter from the Pediatric Associates of Abilene below:

Abilene ISD will be discussing their mask policy during Monday evening’s school board meeting, and ahead of the event, district officials are asking parents to take a survey to give input on the issue.

Take the survey here.

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