Mask Mandates ‘Tragic’ for Kids

Story from Newsmax quoting Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas.  Full story can be found here:


Rep. Cloud to Newsmax: Texas School Mask Mandates ‘Tragic’ for Kids

(Newsmax/”The Chris Salcedo Show”)

By Charles Kim    |   Friday, 03 December 2021 07:26 PM


Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, told Newsmax that school mask mandates are ”tragic” for children.

”What we are doing to our kids is tragic,” Cloud said Friday on ”The Chris Salcedo Show.” ”It’s almost like sanctuary cities, where we see people turning the blind eye to the law.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on schools requiring masks was upheld Thursday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but several districts, including the Dallas Independent School District, announced they would require them anyway, The Dallas Morning News reported.

”Dallas ISD’s mask protocol is still in place,” spokeswoman Robyn Harris told the news outlet. ”The superintendent and administration are looking at the protocol and will reassess sometime this month. Knowing that the omicron variant is a growing concern, we are still going to look at all of the health and safety measures that may need to be in place.”

Cloud said the school districts that are defying Abbott’s executive order and are still requiring masks are doing a disservice to the students.

”What we’re doing to the kids, especially young kids who are trying to develop verbal skills and communication,” he said. ”So much is not just what’s going on with the words that are coming out of your mouth. It’s the interaction. It’s a relations skill that needs to develop. We may be dealing with the impact of this for years to come.”

Cloud said more should be done to protect those who may be more vulnerable to the virus than children.

”Let’s follow the science,” Cloud said. ”Let’s protect the vulnerable, and we’ve known from almost very early on, that kids are very, very low risk when it comes to the pandemic. Let’s free them. Let’s get them back to learning. Let’s stop this fearmongering. They’re being raised in daily fear, and that’s tragic.

Cloud said that it is going to take everyone, including politicians and parents, to stand up and push back against districts that want to impose mandates and curriculums on students without collaborating with anyone else in the community.

”We all have a role to play with this. We certainly have a job in Washington to do,” he said. ”There’s a role for the state. But you know, just like when we talk about the curriculum that’s been thrust upon many of the kids and many of our school districts,  and we’ve seen this in our school boards.

”This takes all of us being involved, and it takes parents standing up and push

Why do surgeons wear masks if they don’t work?

Link to the full article here: by Jim Meehan of CNS News

Surgeon Destroys Myth: ‘If Masks Don’t Work, Why Do Surgeons Wear Them?’

By Dr. Jim Meehan | March 10, 2021 | 4:38pm EST
Joe Biden removes his mask before speaking at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden removes his mask before speaking at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

A response to people who use the classic fallacious argument, “Well, if masks don’t work, then why do surgeons wear them?”

I’m a surgeon who has performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures wearing a surgical mask. However, that fact alone doesn’t really qualify me as an expert on the matter. More importantly, I am a former editor of a medical journal.

I know how to read the medical literature, distinguish good science from bad, and fact from fiction. Believe me, the medical literature is filled with bad fiction masquerading as medical science. It is very easy to be deceived by bad science.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve read hundreds of studies on the science of medical masks. Based on extensive review and analysis, there is no question in my mind that healthy people should not be wearing surgical or cloth masks. Nor should we be recommending universal masking of all members of the population. That recommendation is not supported by the highest level of scientific evidence.

First, let’s be clear. The premise that surgeons wearing masks serves as evidence that “masks must work to prevent viral transmission” is a logical fallacy that I would classify as an argument of false equivalence, or comparing “apples to oranges.”

Although surgeons do wear masks to prevent their respiratory droplets from contaminating the surgical field and the exposed internal tissues of our surgical patients, that is about as far as the analogy extends. Obviously, surgeons cannot “socially distance” from their surgical patients (unless we use robotic surgical devices, in which case, I would definitely not wear a mask).

The CoVID-19 pandemic is about viral transmission. Surgical and cloth masks do nothing to prevent viral transmission. We should all realize by now that face masks have never been shown to prevent or protect against viral transmission. Which is exactly why they have never been recommended for use during the seasonal flu outbreak, epidemics, or previous pandemics.

The failure of the scientific literature to support medical masks for influenza and all other viruses is also why Fauci, the U.S. Surgeon General, the CDC, WHO, and pretty much every infectious disease expert stated that wearing masks won’t prevent transmission of SARS CoV-2. Although the public health “authorities” flipped, flopped, and later changed their recommendations, the science did not change, nor did new science appear that supported the wearing of masks in public. In fact, the most recent systemic analysis once again confirms that masks are ineffective in preventing the transmission of viruses like CoVID-19.

If a surgeon were sick, especially with a viral infection, they would not perform surgery as they know the virus would NOT be stopped by their surgical mask.

Another area of “false equivalence” has to do with the environment in which the masks are worn. The environments in which surgeons wear masks minimize the adverse effects surgical masks have on their wearers.

Unlike the public wearing masks in the community, surgeons work in sterile surgical suites equipped with heavy duty air exchange systems that maintain positive pressures, exchange and filter the room air at a very high level, and increase the oxygen content of the room air. These conditions limit the negative effects of masks on the surgeon and operating room staff. And yet despite these extreme climate control conditions, clinical studies demonstrate the negative effects (lowering arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide re-breathing) of surgical masks on surgeon physiology and performance.

Surgeons and operating room personnel are well trained, experienced, and meticulous about maintaining sterility. We only wear fresh sterile masks. We don the mask in a sterile fashion. We wear the mask for short periods of time and change it out at the first signs of the excessive moisture build-up that we know degrades mask effectiveness and increases their negative effects. Surgeons NEVER re-use surgical masks, nor do we ever wear cloth masks.

The public is being told to wear masks for which they have not been trained in the proper techniques. As a result, they are mishandling, frequently touching, and constantly reusing masks in a way that increase contamination and are more likely than not to increase transmission of disease.

Just go watch people at the grocery story or Walmart and tell me what you think about the effectiveness of masks in the community.

If you can’t help but believe and trust the weak retrospective observational studies and confused public health “authorities” lying to you about the benefits and completely ignoring the risks of medical masks, then you should at least reject the illogical anti-science recommendation to block only 2 of the 3 ports of entry for viral diseases. Masks only cover the mouth and nose. They do not protect the eyes.

Dr. Jim Meehan, MD is a physician, entrepreneur, and accomplished leader who provides novel science and solutions that conform to honest, open, transparent, and patient-centered principles.

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Principia Scientific International.

Defiant School Districts admit defeat and drop mask mandate in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — After months of legal wrangling between the state government and school districts intent upon forcing children to mask up, all of Florida’s schools have now come into compliance with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates, marking another victory for the firebrand governor against coercive COVID-19 policies.

The development came after three school districts that had continued to defy Gov. DeSantis’ July prohibition on school mask mandates finally agreed to rescind their mask mandates after unsuccessfully challenging the governor’s order in court.


“I want to see my kids smiling, I want them having fun,” DeSantis said upon announcing his intention to sign an executive order banning school mask mandates in July. “We need our kids to breathe.”

Last week, the last remaining defiant school districts in Florida’s Miami-Dade, Broward and  Alachua counties admitted defeat, lifting their school mask mandates after an appeals court ruled in October the Sunshine State could continue enforcing its mask mandate ban.

On November 9, the Miami-Dade school district posted a notice to Twitter advising that “[p]arents of students in all schools, including K-8 centers and elementary schools will now be able to choose whether their children wear facial coverings through a parental opt-out provision.”

The notice also stated that “fully vaccinated employees at all schools may choose not to wear facial coverings.”

Unvaccinated employees who choose not to mask up are protected under Florida law from being asked to show proof of vaccination after the passage of S.B. 2006 in May.


The school districts’ decision to yield to the statewide ban on mask mandates in schools comes after DeSantis directed the state’s Department of Health in July to issue an emergency rule banning school boards in the Sunshine State from mandating masks for students.


The mask mandate ban has been battled in the courts since it was enacted. In September, a federal judge upheld the prohibition, but an administrative law judge later rejected a request by the Florida Department of Health to dismiss a challenge to the law put forward by six school boards. In another reversal, an appeals court last month ruled in favor of the mask mandate ban. 

This week, the GOP-led Florida legislature is holding a special legislative session to create permanent protections ensuring Floridians’ freedom from COVID-19 mandates and right to make their own medical decisions. 


Beginning Monday and spanning this week, the legislative session will also legally fortify parents’ rights to decide whether or not their children should wear masks in school, and prohibit schools from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations or quarantines. 

“We need to stop bossing people around,” DeSantis said last week just ahead of the special session’s launch. “We’ve got to stop the coercion. We’ve got to stop browbeating people.” 

“No Floridian should lose his or her job over COVID shots, and no one has more authority over a child’s upbringing than his or her parents,” the governor said, describing the legislative session as “striking a blow for freedom.” 

Mask Choice in Shawnee Mission starting Jan 3, 2022

Great news in the Shawnee School District!  Article below by Juliana Garcia of the Shawnee Mission Post reporting on the board’s decision to allow mask choice in 2022.  Link to full article here:



Shawnee Mission middle, high school students won’t have to wear masks starting Jan. 3

Shawnee Mission masks

Shawnee Mission middle and high school students will not be required to wear masks at school when they return from winter break Jan. 3. On Monday, the board of education approved a spring COVID-19 mitigation plan that makes masks optional for secondary students. Above, Shawnee Mission South high school students take a test.

Shawnee Mission is the latest Johnson County public school district to adjust its mask rules for older students, but the district’s current requirement that all students in all grades wear masks will remain in effect through the fall semester.

The board of education on Monday approved new COVID-19 mitigation measures for the spring semester which begins in January, including the elimination of a mask requirement for all secondary students in middle and high school.

Shawnee Mission middle and high school students will need to remain masked until the end of the fall semester, but when they return from winter break on Jan. 3, masks will be optional in grades 7 through 12.

Masks are already optional for high schoolers in USD 232, and after Thanksgiving, they’ll be optional in Blue Valley and Olathe high schools, as well.

‘The struggle is real’

SMSD Superintendent Michelle Hubbard told the school board Monday that district administrators had previously discussed removing mask requirements for secondary students when vaccines became more widely available to children and COVID-19 cases in Johnson County continued their weeks-long downward trend.

SM South student wears mask incorrectly
Hubbard said if the district didn’t roll back on mask requirements for secondary students like neighboring districts, it would become more difficult for staff to enforce mask wearing. Above, a SM South student wears a mask.

That, coupled with neighboring Johnson County districts rolling back their requirements, led Shawnee Mission officials to present an optional mask plan to the school board Monday.

If the district didn’t cut the mask requirement, Hubbard said, it would be “exceptionally difficult” for school staff to handle enforcement in the spring.

“The struggle is real,” Hubbard said. “Our teachers and principals are fighting this fight everyday. You all get the emails from both sides of this, right, those principals and teachers are seeing that as well. I think it’s going to become exceptionally difficult to enforce with our neighbors making the change, and they’re making the change even more quickly than what we are recommending.”

Elementary students, along with teachers, staff and visitors in elementary schools, will still be required to wear masks because of a countywide public health order that remains in place.

All bus riders, including secondary students, will need to wear masks on school buses due to a federal mask mandate that applies to public transportation.

And middle and high schools could reimplement mask rules under the district’s new policy.

If a school building’s percentage of students in exclusion and quarantine hits 3% or more, masks will be required again for at least 14 days — or until the percentage of recommended exclusions and quarantines drops below 3%.



Olathe School Board drops mask mandate for High School Students

Along with De Soto School Board earlier this year, the Olathe board unanimously voted to allow mask choice in high school for students.  It’s a sign that the board is starting to listen to the community as well as the science.  Full story can be found here:

Story by KMBC Kansas City


The Olathe school board voted Thursday to make masks optional for high school students and staff.

The new mask policy, which was unanimously approved, begins Nov. 29.

It only applies to the high school level. Masks are still required at elementary and middle schools because of Johnson County’s mask mandate.

Masking will be optional for high schools as long as each school’s percentage of combined isolations and quarantines remains less than 4% of enrollment, or the school’s absentee rate stays below 7%.

Masking would become mandatory for at least two weeks in a high school building if either the percentage of isolations/quarantines or building absenteeism goes higher than those percentages, according to a district spokeswoman.

Optional masking at a high school may be resumed once those levels maintain below the designated levels for two weeks.

Once the county mandate has been lifted, masking optional protocols will be used for all levels.

Board votes to end Mask Mandate for Auburn-Washburn USD 437

Full Story by Tim Hrenchi of Topeka Capital-Journal can be found here:


In 4-2 vote, Auburn-Washburn school board does away with mandatory mask requirement

Tim Hrenchir

Topeka Capital-Journal
The Board of Education for Auburn-Washburn USD 437 on Monday evening did away with the mask mandate it had approved in August.

The Board of Education for Auburn-Washburn USD 437 voted 4-2 Monday to do away with the district’s  mandatory mask requirement.

That board approved a motion at its regularly scheduled meeting making masks “encouraged but not required” for students, staff and visitors inside any district facility, Superintendent Scott McWilliams announced late Monday on USD 437’s website.

Board members Michael White, Bryan Smith, Matthew Ewald and Tara Dimick voted in favor of the motion.

“In my opinion, we have low (COVID-19) numbers, and I think we do owe it to everyone to try to make this work,” said White, the board’s president.

Board members Jacquie Lightcap and Tom Bruno voted against the motion. Board member David Hines was absent.

Masks will continue to be required for those on the district’s school buses due to a federal order and will also be required for students opting in to the district’s “Test to Learn” modified quarantine program, McWilliams said.