At Issue: State School Chief Carmen Ayala Mandates Masks For All CPS Schools, Despite Some Refusing To Coorporate

Craig Dellimore
July 25, 2020 - 6:07 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The State of Illinois is not backing away from requiring all schools to make sure students are wearing face masks for in-class instruction, and a few districts are pushing back.

State School Superintendent Carmen Ayala said the Illinois State Board of Education is giving the 852 School districts across the state great flexibility when it comes to how they resume instruction. But, she said some things are absolute, mask-wearing and social distancing.

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"We want to make sure there are symptom screenings that are conducted for every individual that is entering our schools, that they are symptom-free," Ayala said.

However, two private schools and one public district have publicly refused to enforce the requirement so the state is suing them.

Ayala said the Governor's mandate has been upheld in every case but one.

One big question people have is how do you get little children to keep their masks on? The one-time Chicago School Teacher speaks from experience.

She said her two young grandchildren, by now, are used to wearing their masks when they go out. Children can learn from habit, she said.

"Everywhere we go, when we leave the house, they are already used to wearing their masks and while we are shopping, they have their masks on," she said.

Carmen Ayala, the state Superintendent of Education, is the guest on our At Issue program this weekend and you can hear a lot more Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.