New year, new rules

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Some students prefer to wear masks walking from one class to another, while others do not. Freshman Alecsa Cooper says, “I love the idea of being able to take off my mask to get a fresh breath of air now and then, but everyone is so close together it makes me uncomfortable.” (Photo/Kayra Dayi)

With many online students returning to school, Heritage changed its protocols concerning masks. Heritage now requires students to wear their masks indoors and gives them the option to take the masks off outdoors in contrast to the previous year. Last year, students who were in person were required to have their masks on the whole day. 

Students and teachers have different opinions about the new mask mandate. While some may support the mandate, others oppose it. Freshman Ann Hershkovitz thinks it is ridiculous for people not to wear masks in a school with so many kids. She argues that it is too dangerous and puts too many at risk. She opposes the mandate with the argument that students should not take their masks off indoors or outdoors.

In contrast, freshman Amir Hershkovitz thinks that the school should not enforce masks. “I am vaccinated and I don’t think that students need to wear masks if the people at the school follow the safety protocols,” Amir Hershkovitz said.

Besides students, teachers are also required to follow this mandate and have a few opinions about it. Algebra II teacher Mrs. Bubelis thinks that wearing masks is essential for students’ safety, but students should be able to take their masks off while not inside at the same time. “It is good for students to be able to take off their masks outside, we as humans need fresh air,” Mrs. Bubelis said. 

“We have been following CDC guidelines which is why we allowed students to remove masks when outdoors,” Mrs. Elise Blum said, “Things are going well, we have not had outbreaks on campus.” She appreciates that many students are considerate of others’ safety and follow the mandate. Overall, Mrs. Elise Blum reports that things are going well with the new mask mandate and there has been no trouble yet.

Kayra is a rising junior who is passionate about art and journalism. She loves expressing herself and the issues she cares about through her writing and artworks. She holds officer positions in Newspaper, Quill&Scroll, and the National Art Honor Society. When not studying, Kayra loves to read nonfiction books, hangout with her friends, cook healthy meals, listen to music while creating art, and spend time with her cat and family. She is looking forward to her junior year as she prepares for AP Art and new articles to write.