As Pediatricians, we have an obligation to protect the health of all children. In developing this policy, we invested in a great deal of thought and research. We were also guided by the recommendations of the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Primary Children’s Hospital.
EXEMPTIONS ARE RARE
UVP recommends that children should wear a mask while in school. If a child cannot wear a mask, they should make arrangements for learning at home. If they attend school but need to remove the mask because of an acute situation such as a severe asthma attack, the child should finish the day at home and be allowed to do this without penalty.
Other arrangements with the school for learning should be made for special needs children who may not be capable of wearing a mask. UVP recommends the parents or guardians work with the school to develop an IEP or 504 plan. The school understands the educational situation best and is in the best positon to determine the best solution and use of school resources. An exemption should not be provided by UVP.
Therefore, exemptions to wearing a mask while attending a “traditional classroom” in school will not be provided to parents.