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An Ohio GOP state rep is making another push to ban mask mandates for students in schools, as child COVID-19 cases rise.
State Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, is seeking cosponsors on a bill “prohibiting schools in Ohio from mandating that students wear masks.”
“With our children return to the classroom shortly, based off of the outcry I’ve heard from constituents I believe this is a decision that should remain optional and up to the discretion of parents on whether their child needs to wear a mask — not a mandate from schools receiving public taxpayer funds,” Loychik said in a statement.
The bill would not keep faculty, staff and guests from being mandated to wear masks.
This is the second bill on student mask mandates to be brought up in the General Assembly. State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, created a bill to prohibit the state school board, the Ohio Department of Education or individual school districts’ boards of education from mandating mask-wearing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association said this week that children make up 15% of all new COVID-19 cases nationally, causing a strain on pediatric facilities, and making them contagious for unvaccinated and immunocompromised adults.
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