Parents react to students having to wear masks at school

Posted at 10:55 PM, Jun 24, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Next year will most likely be a school year unlike any other before.

On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear laid out new guidelines for schools next year. However, depending on if there is a surge, plans may change. Currently, though, health officials say to expect masks to be worn by both students and teachers.

This means parents and teachers are going to have to enforce students wearing masks.

Jessica Villalobos is a mother of a 6-year-old and she says getting her daughter to wear a mask is a struggle.

"I'm trying to keep my kid as a child, kid-like for as long as I can, but going to school with masks on I feel like that's being stripped away from them," Villalobos said.

Villalobos is now considering homeschooling her child.

Pediatrician Elizabeth Hawse says parents should consult their doctor if they are concerned about their child returning to school or if they have a underlining health condition. For the most part, children are fairly resilient.

"It's actually impressive how good they are at wearing their mask," Hawse said. "I have been shocked at how they get used to wearing the mask and they are able to keep it on."

Health officials also say social distancing and temperature checks will probably be required as well.