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Instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. - California Governor Gavin Newsom says the reopening of California schools for the coming school year will be based on safety and not pressure from President Donald Trump as California sets records for one-day increases in COVID-19 cases. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
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CDC: Schools Should Have Plan For Angry Parents, Face Mask Bullying

Instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. - California Governor Gavin Newsom says the reopening of California schools for the coming school year will be based on safety and not pressure from President Donald Trump as California sets records for one-day increases in COVID-19 cases. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidelines for wearing face masks in schools, including a recommendation for schools to have a plan in place for dealing with angry parents and face mask bullying.

The CDC website called parent anger and mask bullying “unintended consequences” of going back to school during the pandemic.

The website said, “Not all families will agree with school policies about cloth face coverings. Schools should have a plan to address challenges that may arise and refer parents, caregivers, and guardians to CDC’s guidance on cloth face coverings.

In addition, the CDC website said, “Stigma, discrimination, or bullying may arise due to wearing or not wearing a cloth face covering. Schools should have a plan to prevent and address harmful or inappropriate behavior.”

Utah Governor Gary Herbet has ordered all students, teachers, staff and bus drivers to wear face masks. However, he said his administration “has not ordered any school to open in any particular way.”

“When used consistently and correctly, along with important mitigation strategies, cloth face coverings are important to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said. “The use of cloth face coverings is especially important when social distancing is difficult to maintain.”

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