Arizona Republic: Gov. Doug Ducey must stop handcuffing schools that want to protect kids from COVID-19

Arizona Republic: Gov. Doug Ducey must stop handcuffing schools that want to protect kids from COVID-19. “Many experts agree that schools need a combination of measures to keep transmission under control. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others recommend schools focus on measures such as improved ventilation, physical distancing and staying home when sick. But masking also is a key part of the strategy. In fact, the CDC released a study on Friday that found schools in Maricopa and Pima counties that began the school year with a mask requirement were 3.5 times less likely to experience a COVID-19 outbreak than those without one. Yet many public schools are sorely missing this key mitigation component, thanks to the threats of legal action and diminished funding from Gov. Doug Ducey.”

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