Stamford parents rally for district to make masks optional for students

Parents say they're protesting to put pressure on the school district to make masks optional for students because they say it impacts learning.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2022, 12:11 AM

Updated 829 days ago

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More than 100 parents and children gathered at the Stamford Government Center Tuesday for a mask choice protest.
Districts in cities with indoor mask mandates are working to determine if it's safe to drop mask mandates in school since the statewide requirements will be eliminated at the end of the month.
Parents say they're protesting to put pressure on the school district to make masks optional for students because they say it impacts learning.
"We're fed up, the kids are fed up and we just want to go back to normalization," said organizer Vanessa Motanaro. "We're not anti-mask, we're mask-choice…We understand there are still a community out there that feels uncomfortable or there's still a little bit of fear and we respect that. We just want to be given the choice to say 'Hey, we're ready to move on. We're ready to get our kids back in life."
The Board of Education told News 12 in a statement they are working with the city's Department of Health and medical experts to determine the safest option for staff and students.
The City of Stamford told News 12 it is hoping to make a decision next week regarding lifting the city-wide mask mandate.


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