We talked to Blake’s student body to gauge how students are really feeling about MCPS’ decision to end the mask mandate. This is what they had to say:
“I don’t feel comfortable with the decision of MCPS. My father is a smoker who almost died last time we got COVID. I’m afraid what might happen if we get COVID again.” – Anonymous, freshman.
“I’m not surprised by the timing, more the decision to make it immediate instead of stating a date. Most of my family is of the opinion that if we followed the mask mandate when it was put in place, we should drop it when we’re told it’s safe. I understand why, but I don’t totally agree. Most likely I’ll feel less obligated in the spring/summer.” – Ava, junior.
“I personally feel comfortable without wearing [a mask], but there’s no judgment if my friends still want to wear one, I certainly don’t mind. [I] won’t make them take it off and they won’t make me put one on.” – Anonymous, junior.
“[Ending the mask mandate] won’t change my comfort level. I don’t really care if people don’t wear a mask or not, it’s their choice.” – Anonymous, junior.
“[My friends are] ok with it. Some have their mask off, some have their mask on. No bickering about it… I mean, yeah, a lot of people don’t wanna take off their mask because they are afraid of how people will say [they’re] ugly or don’t look good.” – Emmanuel, freshman.
“I think [ending the mask mandate] was a good idea because cases are extremely low and there doesn’t seem to be a virus outbreak on the horizon… After seeing the news and knowing less people that were getting covid, I started to feel more comfortable and not as worried about getting covid.” – Anonymous, junior.
“Honestly speaking, at first I thought it wasn’t safe, and now I just don’t care. It kind of feels like it’s taboo when I don’t have my mask on, like some people are still living in fear, and when they see you without a mask, you’ve committed a sin.” – Dôublé, sophomore.
“[I’ll be comfortable not wearing a mask] when I’m 100% sure that COVID isn’t a threat to myself and people around me.” – Anonymous, freshman.
“It’s alright. Yes, I’m scared for my older family members getting [COVID], but they should be safe as long as they are wearing masks.” – Jozer, junior.
“Overall, I am excited to finally see people’s faces, and I am glad that MCPS is following the guidelines that science research has given us… According to science [my and my family’s] chance of dying or getting very ill is less than 0.003% since being vaccinated.” – Audrey, sophomore.
“[I’d be willing to go maskless] once cases in MD drop significantly to the point I feel comfortable.” – Nate, junior.
“[I] love it! Choice!!” – Anonymous, teacher