In a surprising move, the New York City Department of Education lifted the masks mandates for public schools. This change is effective as of March 20th, 2020. Many are wondering what this means for the children and parents of New York City. Will masks no longer be required in school? How will this impact child interaction? And most importantly, will this help increase school retention rates?
Masks have been mandatory in New York City schools since the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, recent studies have shown that wearing masks do not necessarily prevent the spread of the virus. In fact, some argue that masks can do more harm than good. They can cause children to feel isolated and uncomfortable, which can lead to lower school retention rates.
The Department of Education is hopeful that by lifting the masks mandate, children will feel more comfortable and be able to interact with each other more freely. This, in turn, will help to increase school retention rates. This reality echoes a cry that many parents have already felt in regard to childhood development. It’s no secret that physical interaction is a major benefit for students and right now COVID-19 has drastically suppressed physical interaction for students.
While masks will not be mandatory in New York City schools, the Department of Education is still urging parents to send their children to school with masks. While socially stifling, masks are still the best way to protect against COVID-19 and it is important that we all do our part to prevent the spread of the virus.
What do you think about the Department of Education’s decision to lift the masks mandate? Do you think it will help or hurt school retention rates? Let us know in the comments below.