Orange County Health Care Agency Director Clayton Chau has recommended that children wear masks during outdoor activities at school to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since many school children are too young to be vaccinated (those under the age of 12), preventing the spread of the highly contagious and more dangerous delta variant has become critical to keeping our kids safe from the virus … and keeping them in school.

Within the first five days of the new school year, there were 31 reported cases of COVID-19 among school children attending Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) schools. There were also 21 reported cases among IUSD school staff.

Worried about their children’s safety, 491 parents signed on to a letter that was sent to the IUSD Superintendent of Schools and IUSD Board of Directors. The letter urged IUSD to immediately implement outdoor masking and physical distancing mandates. (Los Angeles has already implemented outdoor masking mandates for school children.)

The parents also urged IUSD to step up their efforts to encourage vaccinations for those who are age-eligible.

To read the parents’ letter, click here.

ICNV Staff