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White House Stands Behind Masking in Schools as States Pull Back Mandates

Face coverings in schools have been a source of contentious debate among Republicans and Democrats throughout the pandemic.
White House Stands Behind Masking in Schools as States Pull Back Mandates
White House Stands Behind Masking in Schools as States Pull Back Mandates

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that universal masking in schools “still remains our recommendation” even as some states lift requirements.

“Our advice to every school district is to abide by public health guidelines,” Psaki said. “It continues to be at this point that the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is advising that masks can delay and reduce transmission…. It’s always been up to local school districts to determine how they implement.”

The administration’s recommendation comes as some Democrat-led states begin to pull back their mask mandates—a shift in their response to the coronavirus pandemic as the Omicron variant wave appears to be subsiding and cases are declining across the country, particularly in regions like the Northeast.

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