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NEA on updated CDC mask guidance

NEA President Becky Pringle: The evidence is clear that masks provide important protection against COVID-19
Published: July 27, 2021

The following can be attribued to NEA President Becky Pringle:

America’s public schools should be the safest place in every community.

"In order to protect students and educators, schools should be consistently and rigorously employing all the CDC-recommended mitigation strategies.  The science is clear that masking, COVID-19 vaccinations, appropriate ventilation, social distancing and handwashing—all in combination—is the best way to keep students, families, and educators safe and keep community transmission rates low.  To ensure we have safe, equitable in-person instruction for every student in America, we must follow the science and listen to the medical experts at CDC.  

"The evidence is clear that masks provide important protection against COVID-19 and provide the greatest protection for all of us.  NEA supports robust masking policies that will keep students, families, and educators safe.”  


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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.