PITTSBURGH, PA – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sean Parnell on Tuesday slammed the public school systems in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for planning to require students to wear masks for the 2021-22 school year.
Districts plan to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in K-12 schools. The CDC recommends that masks be worn indoors by anyone 2 years of age and older who is not fully vaccinated.
But Parnell has claimed that COVID-19 does not seriously affect children and said in a press release that wearing a mask has become nothing more than a political theater at this point in the pandemic.
“As a father of three young children, I am more concerned with the long-term effects of isolating our children and hiding them behind masks during critical stages of their social development than with their contracting COVID, ”he said.
The Philadelphia School District announced last week that it plans to require everyone in schools to wear a mask when in-person classes resume full-time on August 1. The district will also equip each classroom with air purifiers.
“We’ve taken every precaution and added some precautions… to make sure we have appropriate mitigation strategies,” Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said at a media briefing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Pittsburgh Public Schools will hold a public hearing on their 2021-22 health and safety plan on July 26, and principals are expected to pass it on July 28. The district also plans to impose masks on its some 22,000 students, as well as teachers. , administrators and visitors to the school.
“As we prepare for the return of students for five days a week during in-person instruction in August, we will continue to align our safety protocols and procedures with recommendations from the CDC, state health departments and premises, “said Superintendent Anthony Hamlet in a
“We are delighted that the guidelines provide school districts with the flexibility to ensure that all students can attend school five days a week.”
Although both districts are following CDC recommendations, Parnell has lashed out at Democratic leaders in Pennsylvania over plans to demand masks.
“This is the last chapter in the relentless state of nannies that continues in Pennsylvania under (government) Tom Wolf and (Lieutenant Governor) John Fetterman and it must end,” Parnell said. “I encourage everyone to attend the July 26 public hearing to say enough is enough.”
Fetterman is seeking the Democratic nomination next year in the race to succeed Senator Pat Toomey, who will retire at the end of 2022. Fetterman has thus raised far more money than any candidate for the Senate of the United States. one or the other party.
Fox News author and contributor Parnell is running against several contenders for the GOP nomination. They include former U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, Montgomery County real estate investor Jeff Bartos and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette.
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