Parents lose patience over school mask mandate

“If you want to go to a restaurant, that’s your choice,” said Andrew Noymer, a public health [associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine. “But kids need to be in schools, and I’d like to see them protected as much as possible.” Noymer said masks should be required at schools to eliminate the possibility of returning to virtual instruction. That said, he thinks the mandate could be lifted in the next month or so once case numbers and hospitalization rates are back down to where they were last May.