Everyone has an opinion: Lynchburg parents, students voice thoughts over city’s mask policies in schools

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For Lynchburg students, the first day of school is nearly here.

WFXR News caught up with some parents and students who gave their thoughts on the school district’s mask policies. We found lots of folks doing their last-minute shopping at Walmart on Wards Road.

Whether for or against mask mandates, many parents say they’re ready for kids to get back into the classroom.

According to first-grader Lyanna Clayton, “It keeps me safe from all the germs.”

She says she doesn’t have a problem wearing her mask all day.

“At first I didn’t like it,” said seventh-grader Deaunte Lee. “Now I got used to it. At first, I thought it would be very hot to wear it all day but it’s really not.”

Lee is going to Dunbar Middle School this year and agrees that he’d rather stay in school all year and wear a mask than have it canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“I really had a hard time doing virtual,” Lee added. “So I would like to go to school.”

Curtis Newton has seven grandkids and 13 great-grandkids. He says most of them are against masking.

“You need to see them smile. You can’t tell what they’re thinking if you can’t see their face,” said Newton. “Plus, I don’t think it’s good to keep breathing the same air over and over again.”

Chris Hart is the parent of a ninth-grader going into Rustburg high in Campbell County. He says, at this point, he’s just trusting the school board to make the right decision.

“I trust that the school will do what they think is proper to do according to whatever CDC guidelines they get,” Hart said.

Lynchburg City Schools begins the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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