Mother says school wouldn’t hand daughter a face mask and left her out in the cold

Many parents in DeKalb County have expressed dissatisfaction with the school district’s handling of the COVID-19 omicron variation.

According to one mother, her daughter was locked out in the cold because she had forgotten to bring a face mask to school.

Tabreshia Perry informed Tyisha Fernandes of Channel 2 that her daughter arrived at Cedar Grove High School without her mask. Despite the presence of a package of disposable masks at the front door, she claims that the school administration refused to give her daughter one and refused to let her into the facility.

“You don’t have a mask, you can’t come in, and they ultimately leave them outside,” Perry said.

According to Perry, DeKalb County Schools got thousands of dollars in CARES Act funding for COVID-19 equipment such as masks, so she was outraged when her daughter was refused one.

“There’s no reason why I should be getting a call from my daughter saying, ‘Look, you have to come back and pick me up,’” she said.

Cedar Grove High School personnel gave out more than 5,000 masks to kids who didn’t have them, according to district officials. They also stated that masks should be distributed to all pupils who require one.

Masks are crucial to preventing the spread of the omicron variety, according to health experts at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

“I’m just being very straightforward, in 40 years of public health, I’ve never seen anything this transmissible and spread this quickly as omicron has,” Dr. Kathleen Toomey said. “We have to make every effort possible to ensure that children can safely remain in schools.”

Teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed could return to school in half the period previously required for isolation, according to state health officials.

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