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Some LA Unified parents call for mask mandate

Some parents of students in Los Angeles Unified are calling for a new mask mandate across the district’s schools, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The group of parents, called Our Voice: Communities for Quality Education, is comprised largely of Spanish-speaking Latino parents in South and East Los Angeles neighborhoods. The group’s parents are concerned not only about Covid-19 outbreaks, but also flu cases and the respiratory syncytial virus, according to the Times.

“As parents who advocate for an equitable quality public education and safe school campuses, we’re concerned about a return to school without any clear preventative health protocols in place by L.A. Unified to protect our children from acquiring a respiratory virus infection,” the group said, according to the Times.

The group has not yet received a direct response from the district’s superintendent, Alberto Carvalho. So far, he has recommended students wear masks but has not required it, the Times reported.