The Mississippi Association of Educators is asking Gov. Tate Reeves to reconsider his decision not to put in place a mask mandate in Mississippi schools this fall.

In an open letter to Reeves on Monday, the teacher union president Erica Jones said with surging Covid numbers, school is beginning with no comprehensive, statewide plan to protect students and educators or their families.

“With the Delta variant taking hold in communities across Mississippi, the concerning trajectory of new Covid-19 cases, and our state’s low vaccination rate, we are asking the governor to reconsider his position on masks in Mississippi schools and mandate the use of masks for all individuals inside our buildings,” said Jones. “...We believe it is in the best interest of public school students, educators and their families that a statewide K-12 mask mandate be implemented as soon as possible.”

Reeves has said he will not be issuing any mask mandates or extending the state’s Covid-19 State of Emergency expiring next month.

Jones added, “Masks work, and they are a simple and effective way to help prevent to help prevent the spread of this disease.”

New statewide cases of coronavirus from July 23-25 were 3,608 according to the Mississippi Department of Health. They issued guidance to schools recommending all unvaccinated students wear a mask while indoors.

Corinth schools returned to classes on Monday with no mask mandate in place. Alcorn County schools do the same on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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