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We asked, you answered: Thompson Okanagan residents weigh in on mandatory mask debate in school

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August 15, 2020 - 9:27 AM

Masks will not be required in B.C. schools this September but a petition launched by a West Kelowna teen is trying to mandate mask-wearing in Central Okanagan schools.

Sorsha Perry, 16, started the petition and directed it toward Central Okanagan schools superintendent Kevin Kaardal.

“One week ago, B.C. announced that school will be going back in September, however, they stated masks will not be mandatory. Regions like the Interior Health are facing massive outbreaks... connected to Kelowna Canada day celebrations,” Perry wrote in her Change.org petition, which has gained 361 of the desired 500 signatures as of Aug. 14.

READ MORE: Petition launched to have Central Okanagan kids mask up for school

iNFOnews asked readers where they stood on the masks-in-schools issue and here’s what they had to say:

Chantelle Robillard-Taylor: If it’s not a gong show for my kids to return then fine, they also have masks ready to go, but if it’s just going to be a jumble of crazy again then I personally would rather keep my kids home.

Janet Landry: Kids will not keep them on all day! Guaranteed you’re gonna hear “Iost it, it's somewhere, I forgot it,” and the famous shoulder shrug!

Justin Neufeld: I bet we can get more signatures against this.

Kevin Kraft: Good luck

Brittany Plummer: No

Les Raven: School should stay closed with increased spikes happening in B.C. We should go back to the start and rethink this. Total lock down on cross border travel close highways to and from Alberta.

Jenny Lee: Not even one per cent of our population has gotten the virus... send them to school, make masks optional.

Grace James: Should not be mandatory in Interior regions. Let it be the kids’ choice!

LindaJim Jones: I believe it is the right of parents to decide whether or not to send their children to school during a pandemic. There is no cure for this and the medical people are finding so many strange ways it attacks people as well as lasting effects they are also reporting. Infection rates with the regular types of flu have shown how it goes through school populations.

Where do you sit when it comes to the masks-in-school issue? Let us know in the comments below.

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