Letter to the editor: Glad for mask requirement

Posted 9/20/21

Masks are a reasonable, minor hindrance to keep our kids and broader community safe. I know that some parents have expressed their strong opposition to them. But for my …

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Letter to the editor: Glad for mask requirement

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Masks are a reasonable, minor hindrance to keep our kids and broader community safe. I know that some parents have expressed their strong opposition to them. But for my family and the health of my loved ones around me, wearing a mask at school for my kids is not negotiable.

I have three incredible children and two are still enrolled in Jeffco Public Schools. They have a loving father who adores them, and he also has type 1 diabetes. His immune system is compromised and his body does not respond to the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine like everyone else. Catching the now dominant delta variant could be severe and deadly.

Additionally, my mother has end stage cancer. A seemingly harmless cold could take her from us early. My children deserve to enjoy their grandmother and experience her as much as possible toward the end of her life. Wearing a mask while at school is one way they know they can keep themselves and their grandmother safe.

Each day I send my kids off to school, I am reminded of the very real risks “living a normal life” pose for my household and my family. After a very hard year of remote learning, I believe every child deserves to be in school and learning amongst their peers. I am extremely grateful that the mask requirement is in place to help keep everyone, including my husband and mother, safe while also sending our kids back to the classroom.

Kay Slater

Littleton

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