Iowa State Education Association encourage students to wear masks in school

Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 9:34 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Some teachers say they have concerns about unvaccinated students carrying and spreading the Delta variant this fall. They’re worried about more cases and also impacting vulnerable populations, leading to repeating the restrictions they saw last year.

The Iowa State Education Association wants families to be aware of the risks of the Delta variant with school starting within the next four weeks. The association says all students, vaccinated or not, should wear masks in classrooms and crowded areas this fall.

“There is great concern about the safety and the health of, not only our educators, but our students and the families,” said President Mike Beranek.

Johnson County Community Health Manager Sam Jarvis says families with students should follow the new CDC guidelines.

“For areas with low vaccination rate and high disease transmission, even those who are vaccinated should consider wearing masks indoors,” said Jarvis.

He said a vaccine will, hopefully, be available to people under 12 in the future, but that likely won’t happen before the fall.

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