CPS students demonstrated in support of the mask mandate
COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)
Before Columbia Public Schools announced that a mask mandate will be reinstated beginning Jan. 18 and ending Feb. 4, a group of Columbia Public Schools high school students protested Thursday due to the lack of a mask mandate and lobbied for the requirement to be reinstated as coronavirus cases continue to hit records.
After it was noted that a mask mandate was reinstated, students at Hickman High School and the protest organizer issued a statement saying, ‘but we went to stress, CPS must maintain a mandate masks until we see COVID cases drop significantly Just two weeks will do little to limit the spread of internal schools COVID We say this not only to the CPS school board but also to the school board of l State of Missouri and Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a mask mandate will save lives. We are very excited to have face masks back in our CPS schools next week, but we will continue to work until we receive a mask mandate. permanent mask.
Students returned from winter vacation last week after the Columbia Board of Education voted to have the mask mandate end Jan. 4. The council voted to repeal the mandate in December under legal pressure from the state. The omicron coronavirus variant has since skyrocketed case levels, leading some students and parents to call for the mandate to be reinstated.
Groups of students walked out of class at noon every day and planned to add an extra 5 minutes to each day out until the mask mandate was put in place again, according to student organizers. Dozens of people left Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools on Thursday.
Flyers and social media posts circulated around the student-organized protest.
A leaflet states that “we need a safe environment to learn and we will fight until the administration listens to us”.
CPS spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said earlier this week administrators were aware of the messages and flyers and “this was discussed with the student” who distributed them.
The district reported 348 and 105 staff members with COVID-19 on Thursday. Meanwhile, Boone County is seeing a record number of active cases and Missouri’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain at near-record highs.
Similar student protests are taking place in cities including New York, Michigan, Boston and Oakland.
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