Ascension Parish not making pre-k and head start students wear masks, social distance

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Whether or not parents will send children to school in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has been a very controversial topic. Martika Jordan says sending her daughter wasn’t an easy decision.

“I wasn’t going to [send her to pre-k] but I feel like I would be taking away from her childhood if I don’t try to send her into some type of school atmosphere,” Jordan said.

According to Ascension Parish Public School guidelines, under phase two teachers are required to wear a mask but kids in pre-k aren’t and they don’t have to social distance. Teachers must comfort or hold children when they get upset but are encouraged to protect themselves by washing their hands, wearing protective clothing and more.

Jordan says in order to protect her daughters teachers, here daughter will wear a mask while in school even though it isn’t required.

“If it means saving a life she will use it,” jordan said. “She has two different ones, she has a lady bug and frozen and she loves it.”

Other parents like kelsey small say they won’t be making their child wear a mask.

“I do believe the whole covid thing is blown out of proportion a little bit,” Small said.

As for teachers, Small says she doesn’t believe wearing a mask is necessary for all.

“I think if the teachers are in good health then I think they shouldn’t need a mask and if they are in any way high risk for the disease then they should be relieved of their job,” Small said.

Both mothers agree this may not be the easiest transition for their children but they’re hoping its one that keeps them happy and safe.

Ascension Parish schools begin on August 10.

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