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A joint statement from Pella Regional Health Center and Knoxville Hospital and Clinics expressed support for wearing masks at school. And, it included an eyebrow-raising warning to those seeking exemptions.

“The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics provide guidance for who should or should not wear masks and recognizes that wearing masks may not be possible in every situation or for some people,” it said. “In light of these CDC and AAP recommendations, we will not be providing patients exemptions for wearing a mask at school.”

The statement included the following links:

Information from the CDC can be found online at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

Information from the APP can be found online at this link:

https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/

Author: Jacob Hall