Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
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2/27/22  7:57 am
Commenter: Becky

Mask choice for teachers/staff in schools

We expect so much from our teachers and the pandemic has been an especially demanding and stressful time for them.  Now, when others have the choice to mask or not in schools, our teachers and staff are not afforded the same choice.  Masking has made it harder for teachers to communicate with their students.  They have to speak louder and enunciate more, especially for younger students. Facial expressions are critical in communication and teachers do not have that "tool" to use when they are masked.

Our of respect and consideration for our teachers/staff who work hard to educate our students, please give them the choice to mask or not while in school. We have made them into " lesser"stakeholders by not allowing them the personal autonomy that our students and school visitors have.

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