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Letter: Why are masks not heavily enforced in public schools?

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A sign reading face coverings required along with masks are posted at the doors as East High School welcomes students back for the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

The pandemic has seen an increase in cases in Salt Lake County recently -- with upwards of 1,600+ cases on a daily average. The public schools say that masks are required and, as a student, I can fully confirm that masks get a very light encouragement indoors.

This issue has gone on for months and the number of students contracting the virus will only increase at a steady pace with colder weather and more indoor activities on the horizon.

The high schools in the Salt Lake City School District have the most difficulty with those not wearing masks but it also is seen in the lower grades, such as kindergarten. It is concerning and I believe that they should be more heavily enforced if Utah is to see a decrease in its cases anytime soon.

Zane Kite, Salt Lake City

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