Two groups of parents came out for and against the requirement that children wear masks in school at Monday night’s meeting of Sheridan County School District 2 trustees.
One group of parents said the masks are harmful for their elementary-age children and asked for some kind of “compromise” to the requirement that masks be worn in school, while another group of parents said they favored the masks.
One parent said he “strongly supported” the decision to mandate the masks.
Also speaking during the meet was Sheridan County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hunter, who said wearing the masks is the right thing to do.
A pediatrician who appeared before trustees said studies refute many of the concerns associated with masks, such as wearing a mask will impair a child’s breathing and a mask will impair a child’s immune system development. He said the benefit of wearing a mask outweighs any risks.