The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday recommended that all children over the age of 2 wear masks when returning to school this year, regardless of vaccination status.
The AAP, which said its important for children to return to in-person learning this year, recommends that school staff also wear masks.
"Combining layers of protection that include vaccinations, masking and clean hands hygiene will make in-person learning safe and possible for everyone.”.
Universal masking will also protect students and staff from other respiratory illnesses that could keep kids out of school, the AAP said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended this month that vaccinated students do not have to wear masks in classrooms.
"They will not be popular amongst parents and kids who are sick of masks, but you know what?
“Now is the time for all of us to work together to keep our kids healthy and safe. »