I have tried speaking with the principal numerous times on the mask policy, I was able to get an exemption for the masks from a doctor, NOT easy by the way! My kids do not want to stand out, and not use the exemption. They conform and use the mask to fit in. I am heartbroken. They will be 16 soon. Never would I imagine telling them to drop out of school!
Here is a letter to the principal and superintendent.
Sports are vital for my son’s physical and mental health. I am very concerned that ———- was made to wear a mask while lifting weights. There are no randomized controlled trials that show that wearing masks while working out is safe to do, or stops aerosolized virus microns. The World Health Organization explicitly states that children and teenagers should not wear masks while running, jumping, working out, or playing sports, “Children should not wear a mask when playing sports or doing physical activities, such as running, jumping or playing on the playground, so that it doesn’t compromise their breathing.”
Neither should adults for that matter. According to the WHO, “Even when you’re in an area of COVID-19 transmission, masks should not be worn during vigorous physical activity because of the risk of reducing your breathing capacity. No matter how intensely you exercise, keep at least 1 metre away from others, and if you’re indoors, make sure there is adequate ventilation.”
There is an informal survey from Minnesota that is alarming and should be seriously considered:
“A survey completed by student athletes and their parents revealed the harmful effects mask-wearing has had on high school sports players’ physical and mental health. Seventy-four percent of students who responded reported experiencing at least one “clinically significant symptom” from wearing a mask while playing, including loss of consciousness, dizziness, and vomiting.”
“2,270 responses were received for the survey regarding athletes’ experiences while wearing masks during practices and games.
Almost 80% of respondents said it was hard to breathe, and 52% said they experienced “increased or excessive fatigue.” A total of 48 players reported going to urgent care, and 18 players were taken to the ER, one by ambulance.
One response indicated that a player needed a “life flight” to the hospital due to a “traumatic injury” while playing with a mask on.
Fifty-six percent of participants reported visual impairment while wearing a mask, with 35% reporting the effects of reduced vision as “unsafe.” Fifty-nine players disclosed injuries due to “reduced peripheral vision.”
Mental health is also a concern for many parents and their athletes. Another 1,300 responses, or 57%, showed players’ mental health suffering due to sports shutdowns.”
I am VERY concerned for my son’s safety being made to wear a mask while playing sports or working out. Who is responsible if my child is injured and requires medical attention, because of masking while working out or playing sports, or running outside? The ———Public School? The State of Connecticut? My son ultimately will pay the price with his own health if he is injured by this policy, that is not even in accordance with the WHO.
I understand the AAP says it’s okay to wear a masks during some sports, which makes no logical sense whatsoever and is in contradiction with the WHO. The Dept of Education, and Governor Lamont, are currently being sued over the school mask policy in suit brought by, The Connecticut Freedom Alliance. I bring this to your attention to point out that during a hearing last fall, it was stated in court under oath that there are NO studies on the effects of masking children for hours a day, not one. We have no idea what the outcome will be for our children’s physical and mental health, being made to wear masks for hours every day, even while playing sports! I understand that you are required by the State of Connecticut to follow the masking of children in school. As a parent I must speak out for my children when I see a serious threat to my child’s health and wellbeing.
Youth athletes report ER visits due to mask-wearing