Parents protest new mask mandate for Bedford students

The district announced a new mask mandate on Sunday afternoon
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:24 AM EDT
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TEMPERANCE, Mich. (WTVG) - A continued rise in COVID-19 cases across the school district has forced Bedford Public Schools to mandate all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks when inside any district facility.

The new protocol was announced to parents in a letter sent out Sunday night. It was to go into place immediately.

The district also had to convert two separate classrooms at the elementary level from in-person learning to remote due to the number of positive cases in each classroom.

According to the letter, the district reported 36 new cases among students and staff over the previous seven days, along with associated close-contact quarantines.

The district is maintaining its previous disinfection of classrooms, as well as promoting proper handwashing and sanitizing.

District visitors following current updated protocols will continue to be permitted on a limited basis.

Parents in the district are protesting the decision, saying school leaders have no legal right to enforce the mask mandate.

“The parents are very upset, I know that a lot of kids are distraught about it,” Bedford parent Lora Egner said. “Some kids have stayed home from school today in protest. We are not happy at all, this is the wrong direction for Bedford.”

Egner believes masks hinder education and can cause headaches. She feels the mask mandate is just the beginning.

“They’ll mandate the vaccine, that’s the next thing, and no, that’s a solid red line for me, no, we’ll leave,” she said. “I draw the line, my kid, I’m taking her out of school.”

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