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Voted “NO” on Universal Masking Resolution on  8/10

Supervisor Rex Scott, District 1

(520) 724-2738

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Dear Pima County Supervisors:

I am writing to you as a concerned [parent/teacher/grandparent/community member and constituent] to thank you for adding Resolution of the Pima County Board of Supervisors Mandating the Use of Face Coverings in All K-12 Schools Within the County, as an Effective Mitigation Strategy to Keep our Children Safe from COVID-19; Effective Immediately to the Pima County Addendum Agenda for 8/10/21. Thank you to the Pima County Supervisors who voted in favor of this critical Resolution. I am very disappointed that the Resolution did not pass.

I urge Pima County Supervisors to bring the issue back to the Board of Supervisors on as soon as possible and to vote in favor of the County Resolution requiring a universal mask requirement in K-12 schools. A county mandate will help keep our children and community safe.

According to Banner Health Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Marjorie Bessel hospitals have seen a 95% increase in Covid-19 patients since July 1 and 300% increase in ventilators and there is substantial spread in the vast majority of Arizona counties. Arizona is also second in the nation for pediatric deaths related to COVID-19, according to data published recently by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The science around masking is settled. Masks work to prevent disease transmission. All recent public health agencies, both national and local, have issued statements recommending universal masks for K-12 students in schools.[1] 

Arizonans have a right to safe schools for Arizona kids. Governor Ducey is attempting to prevent school officials from implementing any public health mitigation strategies in line with leading public health agencies, including the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to help protect students, all while COVID19 cases are again rising in our communities and more contagious variants are becoming more widespread.

The law passed by the state. banning schools from implementing such policies is  unconstitutional,[2] doesn't take effect until Sept. 29 and poses a serious risk to life and health. 

Pima County has a duty to protect the health of the community under Arizona law. Arizona Revised Statute Title 36 authorizes counties and local health jurisdictions to protect the health of the community during contagious diseases outbreaks.  It is your duty to take action.

Please choose to stand with our children and Arizona communities in supporting a safe return to the classroom by adopting the Resolution requiring masks in K-12 schools.

Thank you,

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[1] Public Health Guidance - recent statements all recommending universal masks in K-12 schools

7/16/2021 Arizona Medical Association’s Statement on Upholding Public Health Policies in K-12 Schools

7/19/2021 American Academy of Pediatrics

7/26/2021 Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Position on School Reopening

7/27/2021 CDC

7/27/2021 ADHS

8/2021 Arizona Academy of Family Physicians

[2] The Network for Public Health, “Assessing the Constitutionality of Arizona’s Ban on School Mask Requirements Under Arizona’s Single-Subject Rule” JULY 28, 2021  see, https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56ec8d2562cd9413e14c0019/t/6101c007b3c13f3dee9e2bd6/1627504647717/Western+Region+Memo+-+COVID+AZ+Mask+Ban.pdf