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Parents Demand for Mask-less Recess at School

It has recently come to our attention that several Elementary Schools in our district have mask-less recess. It’s time we give our kids at CME the same opportunity. The opportunity to breathe freely outdoors should not be something we have to request for our children, but here we are. 

Please give our kids the freedom to breathe and a chance to see each others smiles and that way really connect with each other at recess. All this mask wearing is very unhealthy, and the likelihood of this virus spreading outdoors in minuscule. 

It’s time to unmask our children at recess!!


It’s a myth that masks prevent viruses from spreading.  The overall evidence is clear:  Standard cloth and surgical masks offer next to no protection against virus-sized particles or small aerosols.   The size of a virus particle is much too small to be stopped by a surgical mask, cloth or bandana.  A single virion of SARS-CoV-2 is about 60-140 nanometers or 0.1 microns.   The pore size in a surgical mask is 200-1000x that size.  Consider that the CDC website states, “surgical masks do not catch all harmful particles in smoke.”  And that the size of smoke particles in a wildfire are ~0.5 microns which is 5x the size of the SARS-CoV-2 virus!  Wearing a mask to prevent catching SARS-CoV-2, or similarly sized influenza, is like throwing sand at a chain-link fence: it doesn’t work.  There has been one large randomized controlled trial that specifically examined whether masks protect their wearers from the coronavirus.  This study found mask wearing “did not reduce, at conventional levels of statistical significance, the incidence of Sars-Cov-2-infection.”

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