The mandates sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the wearing of masks in schools have been severely tightened for the children going back to in-person learning after the National Education Association (NEA), which is the biggest teachers union in the country, issued a threat to release a document being critical of the CDC’s approach to the entire COVID-19 pandemic while also demanding clarification for the wearing of masks in an educational setting.
The emails about this, which were officially published this past Wednesday by Fox News, seem to show an extreme level of collaboration between the White House’s office of labor engagement and the NEA along with a paper trail showing clear communication from the CDC, the NEA, and the American Federation of Teachers, which is the second-largest teachers union in the nation, on the topic of mask-wearing in reference to the return to in-person learning. These communications seem to have caused a recommendation from the CDC that all people should wear masks while in schools, without regard to the person’s vaccination status.
“The Biden administration tightened its masking guidance after a prominent teachers union threatened White House officials with publicly releasing harsh criticism, internal emails show,” reported Fox News on Wednesday. “The new emails show further coordination between the White House and teachers unions just months after reports highlighted the extent the unions had influenced the administration’s messaging on school reopenings. The watchdog group Americans for Public Trust obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request and provided them to Fox News.”
The bevy of emails began after an announcement from the CDC went out on May 13th in which it revised its masking guidelines and spoke out that vaccinated adults would not be needed to wear any maks. The NEA, which was apparently spooked to the core by these newly implemented guidelines, started a machine-gun style barrage of emails at the White House.
“Would you know when Dr. Wolensky would be able to call NEA-President Becky Pringle?” questioned a person representing the White House office of union engagement toward the CDC. “They’ve gotten significant incoming and are getting targeted for a response from the media. I’ve gotten them to hold on their statement calling for clarification.”
The ” statement calling for clarification” seems to have been a demand, from the public, aimed at the Biden administration, seemingly insisting that the CDC change their recommendation to total and universal mask-wearing in all schools without regard to whether the students, faculty, and administrators have taken their vaccinations.
“We appreciate the developing nature of the science and its implications for guidance, but releasing the guidance without accompanying school-related updates creates confusion and fuels the internal politicization of this basic health and safety issue,” read the draft, as reported by Fox. “CDC has consistently said, and studies support, that mitigation measures, including to protect the most vulnerable, remain necessary in schools and institutions of higher education – particularly because no elementary or middle school students, and few high school students, have been vaccinated.”
in the wake of communications from the White House, it seems that the CDC has moved to take swift action and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, reached out to both the head of the NEA and Randi Weingarten, the head of the AFT.
These communications were apparently the catalyst needed.
“The next day, on May 15, the CDC updated its masking guidance to indicate that all people should wear a mask at school regardless of vaccination status,” reported Fox News. These new recommendations are still what can be found currently on the CDC website, which was quickly updated to show the newer and far more strict masking recommendations this past month.