Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
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2/19/22  9:52 am
Commenter: Anonymous

Mask choice for teachers

I am a primary teacher in PWCS and have been teaching for over 20 years. Masks not only do not work with the latest variant, they are a detriment to teaching primary students, in my opinion. I am a healthy person who has followed the recommendations and am double vaccinated and boosted. I understand that everyone has different beliefs and support that, but it should be reciprocal. It is my belief that we should have a choice to mask if that is what makes us comfortable. However, I do not believe that it is beneficial to myself or my students to remain masked until some unreasonable date is put forth. This is not going away and I refuse to teach the rest of my career in a mask. We need to start allowing teachers to live a normal life without the shackles of these masks. I am a U.S. military veteran and I have risked my life for my country and its freedoms. I have also dedicated my life to improving my community by teaching. The very least you can do is allow me the freedom to do my job effectively by respecting my right to teach without a mask. 

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