Official guidance doesn’t come out until Monday 7/12
Dr. Tomás Aragón, director of the California Department of Public Health and state public health officer, said the state was “carefully reviewing the CDC guidance” and would release state K-12 school guidance on Monday.
Please Email, email, email!
Here’s a sample letter from the Let Them Breathe group.
PLEASE END MASK MANDATES FOR KIDS
Dear Dr. Aragon,
I am writing on behalf of my child to ask that the California Department of Health (CDPH) follow recent and accurate scientific data and allow our students to return to school without unnecessary policies like mandatory masking, excessive quarantining, and ineffective routine asymptomatic testing. All of these policies have kept hundreds of thousands of California students from attending and fully participating in classroom instruction this year without any known benefit, and they will continue to deny millions more children their constitutional right to a free (and meaningful) public education this coming school year if they are not immediately rescinded.
California Department of Health must stop looking at public health from the singular lens of eliminating COVID-19 cases and weigh the consequences of public health restrictions on healthy innocent children who have suffered immensely as a result of harmful school closures and other needless restrictions.
There is now significant evidence that children do not need to wear masks. It is widely accepted that children are at drastically lower risk from COVID-19 than adults and have a lower chance of being infected by and transmitting the virus to others. The CDC confirms that child deaths from COVID-19 are significantly below that of a typical season of influenza, and recent studies in the UK confirm that long-term symptoms post-infection are also exceedingly rare in children. Data from schools across the US and Europe which did not implement mask requirements show infection rates as low as those which did. Despite the belief that the spread of COVID-19 is being driven by asymptomatic carriers, data continues to show that people who are asymptomatic have a significantly lower viral load and rarely transmit the virus to others.
With teachers, staff and other adults all having had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, the perceived risk of children spreading the virus to adults has been removed. Therefore, there is no public health justification for forcing children to wear masks in school. When balanced against the physical, mental and emotional harm that is now becoming evident, it is clear that masks do more harm than good. Studies have found that masks cause anxiety and depressive feelings, and impair a child’s social development and ability to communicate.
Over a year of data shows how unlikely it is for children to spread the virus to others so there is also no reason to quarantine healthy students who come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. Removing students for as much as 10 days from their optimal learning environment far exceeds median incubation periods for the virus and has not shown to be effective in identifying positive cases or reducing transmission. Quarantining entire classrooms, because of perceived close contacts of dozens of children is similarly unproven and unnecessary, often costing entire classrooms of children multiple school days of lost learning.
The use of the overly-sensitive and inaccurate PCR test must come to an end. Not only is the PCR test sensitive enough to pick up ten molecules of virus when a contagious individual has billions, the PCR test is incapable of timely determining where an individual is in the cycle of an infection. The PCR test is essentially worthless to stop the spread of COVID-19 and only operates to excessively exclude students from the classroom who may have been infected up to 4-5 weeks prior to their positive PCR test. It is estimated that 60-70% of the time a patient tests positive through PCR, they are post-infectious and forced to isolate for no reason. This unnecessarily adds to the amount of time a student is forced to miss school.
California Department of Health (CDPH) must start following the current scientific data that shows that its current requirements for masks, quarantines and testing are outdated and overcautious. CDPH must also weigh the physical, mental and academic harm to students from these policies that unnecessarily deny students their fundamental right to an education. As school districts need to properly plan and implement these policies for the fall, we are asking CDPH to immediately revise these guidelines.
I am calling on state and local representatives and agencies to discontinue these harmful policies and act in the best interest of our children.
Sincerely, Your Name
And the name & age of your child
Send this letter to:
Gavin Newsom – govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
Dr. Mark Ghaly – CHHSMAIL@chhs.ca.gov
Dr. Naomi Bardach – Naomi.Bardach@cdph.ca.gov
Dr. Thomas Aragon – email@example.com
Tony Thurmond – firstname.lastname@example.org