The Republican governor of Montana has introduced a brand new rule on Tuesday that encourages local schools in the state to start taking “parental concerns” into consideration when deciding whether or not students will be required to wear masks as part of in person learning.
Gov. Greg Gianforte stated that parents deserve an opportunity to determine whether or not these mandates are necessary, a comment that came about after several schools put out mask mandates for their students.
He then urged the schools to listen to parents and give them an option to have their child opt-out of mask mandates due to physical or mental health issues, their personal moral convictions, developmental needs, and religious beliefs.
The rules were introduced after the Education Department announced Monday that it is investigating five Republican-led states blocking local school districts from requiring masks to protect against the coronavirus, claiming the policies discriminate against students with health conditions and disabilities.
Adam Meier, the director of the state’s department of public health , said in a statement that his office “would encourage schools to take into account all of these factors and implement any mitigation strategies in the least restrictive means as possible to maximize learning outcomes for Montana children.”
In-school masking is “based on inconclusive research,” Gianforte said in a statement.
It could adversely affect children’s “health , well being, and development,” the governor also said.
To be honest, this should have always been the call of the parents, not the teachers or leaders at the department of education at local or federal levels. Parents are responsible for the health of children, not the government.
These mask mandates are overreach, plain and simple.