Student more comfortable with masks

Published 7:01 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the article, “Mask requirement still stands for SPS” published on Jan. 21, 2022. I am currently a senior enrolled at Nansemond River High School and strongly agree with Suffolk Public Schools’ decision to require masks.

Covid is still a huge problem within our community, especially with the new Omicron variant. Once I returned to school after winter break, I was reminded of our reality. The halls that are usually filled with an abundance of students were emptier. I walked into my classes to be met with empty desks and substitute teachers. This is not just a problem at Nansemond River though, many other schools in Suffolk are also suffering from this. As mentioned in the article, four schools went virtual temporarily “due to a high number of COVID-19 cases at those schools forcing many staff and students to be in quarantine.” It is clear that covid is still a prominent issue that is also affecting the education of our community’s children.

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Though some may disagree, I believe this decision was made with the safety of students and staff in mind. Many staff members and students were and still are uncomfortable with the possibility of being around others without masks.

Sydni Polk

Suffolk