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Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools launches petition for statewide indoor mask mandate in all K-12 schools

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“I’ve been called Hitler, A fascist, child abuser and a sheep.”

Kent County parent, Marie Griffioen calls herself a member of the Michigan Parents Alliance for Safe Schools. She’s calling upon policymakers listen to what she says is the majority of parents supporting in-school safety measures.

“When I see people carrying ‘unmask our kids’ signs, and heckling doctors at school board meetings, I see cowardly adults waving the white flag of surrender in the face of this pandemic.”

Griffioen believes adults can learn from children who are making a small sacrifice by wearing a mask limiting the spread of the virus.

The MiPASS petition calls upon the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to enact a universal K-12 mask mandate regardless of vaccination status. The most recent September Children and COVID-19: State Data Report posted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, indicates of all Michigan cases children represent 16.8%. Across the nation, pediatric cases are up 10% from two weeks ago.

West Michigan pediatric infectious disease physician Dr. Rosemary Olivero

“The universal use of masks in indoor settings where COVID-19 transmission is substantial or high is simply not negotiable.”

The doctor says without it, unvaccinated children and fragile community members are at risk. It’s one measure to get the pandemic under control.

The petition is online at actionnetwork.org/petitions/mdhhs-masks.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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