Letter to the editor: Supporting the mask mandate

Posted 9/23/21

 

As someone who witnessed the havoc COVID-19 raged on ICUs across the state after my dad had to be admitted for multiple strokes, I am very supportive of the Jeffco Public Schools mask …

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Letter to the editor: Supporting the mask mandate

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As someone who witnessed the havoc COVID-19 raged on ICUs across the state after my dad had to be admitted for multiple strokes, I am very supportive of the Jeffco Public Schools mask requirement. The pandemic stole so much from our kids, including my daughter. From losing a loved one, to economic hardship at home, and missing milestones like prom and homecoming, too many of our kids are suffering mentally and emotionally. 
I am a professional suicide prevention trainer and know the mental health impacts of the past year and a half. Losing a teacher or trusted adult to COVID or feeling guilty that they may have spread the virus to a vulnerable person have been devastating on children. This puts them at additional risk of severe mental health issues and suicide. 
Getting our kids back in the classroom and among their friends is vital. Wearing masks at school is a small way we can help our kids recover physically and emotionally, while getting back to normal. My daughter works, participates in theater, and thoroughly enjoys time with her friends. Like most young adults, these activities are crucial to her development. Wearing a mask is a key component to doing the things she loves. 
I am grateful that the Jeffco Board of Health has made this decision to protect everyone. I know my daughter is grateful too. Although some recent headlines have focused on what I believe is a vocal minority, Jeffco Public Schools is doing the right thing.
Past Jeffco PTA President
Shawna Fritzler,
Unincorporated Arvada/Golden

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