Somerset parents call on school district to say no to mask mandate

SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) – Parents in the Somerset School District are calling upon school officials to prevent the implementation of another mask mandate.

ABC6 was sent a letter from parents to Superintendent Jeffrey Schoonover and the School Committee. The letter asks officials to make the decision against a mask mandate before Governor Baker decides for the state.

“The letter, we’re trying to get those out to all school committee members and superintendents within the state to have them help us in this fight, because we feel like we haven’t been heard,” said Alexa Deuso, one of the parents who signed onto the letter.

Deuso has a five-year-old in the Somerset school system, and says her daughter repeatedly came home with a dry mouth and cough while she had to wear a mask in the classroom.

“I think it should be up to a parent’s choice, and it should be optional, if we’re going to be making our children,” Deuso said.

There are currently four reported COVID cases in Somerset. Michael McDonald, Chair of the Somerset School Committee, is against mask mandates, but says he would consider supporting one if the pandemic took a turn for the worse.

“We’re talking about the health of our town, so sure,” McDonald said.

Governor Baker has not yet made a formal announcement about masks in schools, though at a livestream event last month, he said the upcoming school year would be “business as usual.”

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