AAP Mask Recommendations
The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (VA-AAP) strongly recommends that school-aged children, regardless of vaccination status, wear a well-fitting face mask while attending school.
“Any successful comprehensive plan to protect children against the Omicron variant and other future variants of COVID-19 includes being up to date on COVID-19 vaccination and consistent wearing of face masks during times of infection surge.
“Face masks remain safe and reliable, and children have demonstrated their ability to wear them effectively. In addition to protecting a child, face mask use significantly reduces the spread of SARS-CoV2 and other respiratory infections, thus keeping schools operational and ensuring children do not miss in-person school.
The Virginia and national AAP still recommend masking as a mitigation strategy. That’s 70,000 doctors speaking in one voice. This group includes infectious disease physicians and virologists.
Follow this link for a study by Virginia AAP School Task Force: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34750833/