For the first trimester at RAHS, students and staff are required to wear masks throughout the school day. The mask mandate helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses like the flu or the common cold.
The mandate is required for now with low vaccination rates and high COVID-19 case numbers. Masks may be optional in the future depending on if more people get vaccinated.
On September 14th the Roseville Area Schools School Board voted to require vaccines for all staff. With these regulations starting to be implemented most of RAHS staff will be vaccinated which will start to curve this pandemic at RAHS.
Even if students and staff are fully vaccinated, masks should still be worn. The school nurse Ann Depolis-Jones believes masks should be required for everyone including the fully vaccinated.
Depolis-Jones stated that, “we know that some of the people that are fully vaccinated are becoming infected with COVID-19. Even though they don’t have as severe disease, they can still spread the virus.”
Many find wearing masks uncomfortable. Day-long masking irritates faces, making them itchy or dry. The School Media specialist Holly Oreschnick has the same problem but also understands the need for masking.
“Yes the masks do irritate my face for sure, as I definitely notice my face gets dryer and my skin breaks out,” said Oreschnick.
Still she sees the importance in masking and thinks masks should be required for everyone including the fully vaccinated. “We don’t have enough people that are vaccinated to be able to say let’s go back to normal,”added Oreschnick.
This pandemic has been a long and tough battle. Everyone at RAHS wants to return back to normal, maybe soon the school will be able to return to some kind of normalcy.