The responsible thing

On Monday, Jan. 3, public school children went back to school, devoid of masks. Vulnerable to COVID in all its variations and against many medical experts' advice — despite new statistics citing large numbers of children in hospitals countrywide, our own hospital system overburdened by COVID patients and doctors and nurses facing increasing fatigue and fallout — our Traverse City Area Public Schools board made the irresponsible decision to eliminate the mask mandate. This at a time when we're seeing a dramatic increase of deaths in our area.

It is time to rethink their decision and reinstate the mask mandate — if only temporarily. It is the responsible thing to do.

Nancy Jones Mann

Former TCAPS board member

Traverse City

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