How California residents feel about the End-of-School Tractate Mandate

In March 2020, California became the first state in the state to issue a stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the corona virus.

Two years later, the Cubid-19 policy here and elsewhere is reversed, a change that sows a split between those who once agreed on how best to deal with the plague.

One of the most controversial changes in California was the removal of the school-state mandate for the entire state.

As of last weekend, the state no longer requires students and teachers to wear masks within classrooms, though some counties, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, will adhere to the rules for now. Across the country, 68 percent of major school districts no longer require masks, according to monitoring site Burbio.

In light of the heated debate, we asked readers how they feel about ending the mandate of the California School Tractate. A survey shows that California residents are quite divided on the subject, and your reactions have reflected that.

You wrote to me about your dilemmas about taking off masks – what one reader described as similar to “not completing an antibiotic course”. Or you feared the change came too late, as the students’ social development had already suffered irreparably over the past two years.

I have heard from hundreds of teachers, parents, students, school counselors and community members with many opinions about mandates of school masks. Here are some of their photos, slightly edited for clarity and brevity:

“As a teacher with multiple autoimmune diseases and immunosuppressed students in my classrooms, I take care of myself and my children. I fail to understand the level of selfishness and lack of empathy in these decisions.” Margaret Colburn, Los Angeles

“I’m excited the masks are coming off my young kids. It’s been a long time! We know some low-risk kids, they deserve the normal childhood we all enjoyed.” – Melinda Olu, Santa Cruz

“The cases are stuck in my son’s middle school, and they have not passed a positive test among staff or students for several weeks. However, I will tell my son to wear a mask until the new rules are shaken. If the cases start to rise again, I prefer to get ahead of the curve.” – Brooke Hubker, Redwood City

“I’m a student in Los Angeles, so I’ve suffered some of the most notable Covid-19 steps since we went back to school in August. Cases have dropped to less than 1,000 a day, and we have a high immunization rate. If not now then when?” – Shane Masterson, Los Angeles

“I’m a school counselor. I feel uncomfortable about the mask’s mandates and how schools (in Santa Clara County) make it ‘optional, but highly recommended.’ “Those who prefer to be without a mask. This is another element in which the children and parents will be divided, and such a division will be visible and clear to everyone now.” – Christina Soto, Sunnyville

“I’m glad it’s moral, but I do not think everyone will stop and that’s fine! I teach middle school, so I know students and colleagues who will continue to disguise because of their health or, in the case of students, insecurity about their appearance. I think it’s right for them to make that choice and feel Comfortable at school.I’m, personally, just excited to see all their weird little faces again (and I’m sure of the opposite) .- Ed Cheney, Clovis

“My kids are 8 and 12, healthy and completely immunized, so I think they’ll be fine with or without masks. But on the other hand, we’ve worked so hard over the last two years not to get Cubid; it seems silly to leave our main defense now. “I would feel much more comfortable if only vaccinated students could shed their masks. As parents, we have had to make so many choices and impossible changes over the last two years, I’m just exhausted.” – Leslie Xuan, truck

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Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. Somia

PS Here Today’s mini crossword puzzleAnd hint: great pleasure (four letters).

Mariel Wamsley and Jonah Candlerio contributed to California Today. The team can be reached at CAtoday@nytimes.com.

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