By Eden Nath & Jessie Wang
We all know the strict protocols given by the city of Toronto about masks and social distancing. So why is it so difficult for some people to respect and obey these simple, straightforward rules? We have encountered many situations where students are refusing to wear their masks, to the extent that it’s making others very uncomfortable, leading to emails to the principal. Why won’t these individuals do their part to help keep our community safe?
Let’s take a dive into the minds and motives of some RCI anti-maskers. We get it, masks are uncomfortable and can be hard to breathe in, especially when worn for a long period of time. But, if you hate masks that much, it’s probably better to wear them now rather than making masks more permanent in our daily lives. The school has introduced mask breaks for a reason, for us to get a pause from these uncomfortable facial coverings. Masks are one of the main reasons why we are slowly pushing through the pandemic. You just decelerate the process down to a crawl by not wearing masks, especially with the new Omicron variant.
And what is the principal doing about this? She’s visiting our classes to say masks are mandatory. Ah yes, wagging a little finger, after multiple incidents of this rule have been broken. Honestly, if we’re being blunt, we do blame her. We heard about one incident where a student wasn’t wearing a mask properly and the principal needed to be called down to confront the guilty party. After the student put their mask on, the principal left and dismissed the situation. Despite this, once the principal was gone, they proceeded to wear their mask incorrectly and mock the situation. It’s gotten to the point where certain students are lying about having serious medical conditions to our naive teachers, who are gullible enough to accept these claims at face value and not even ask for proof. Come on teachers! Let’s not let this continue!
Richview, it’s important to wear masks now more than ever! With us returning to school in the new year, Omicron is as dangerous as ever before! This is because of the higher infection rate compared to Covid-19. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, “The CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.” Even if you have both doses of the vaccine or don’t even have symptoms, you are still vulnerable to the new variant. Thus, the only solution is to wear a mask and maintain social distancing protocols.
We recognize the anti-maskers’ issues, however, they have to understand that there is a bigger problem to solve, protecting their peers and teachers. So Richview, make sure you wear your mask over your nose and chin, ensuring it covers your nasal area and mouth. Sanitize frequently and wash your hands after touching common surfaces and especially before lunch! Stay safe and healthy for your and others Saints’ sake!