STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - It’s been up for debate since school started: mask or no mask.
Friday morning, the CDC released a study showing the impacts of wearing a mask in school in three different studies.
Masks played a major part in keeping students safe while in the classroom, per the studies.
The CDC reported that nationwide, counties without masking requirements saw the number of pediatric Covid-19 cases increase nearly twice as quickly.
One report from Arizona revealed that schools in two of the state’s most populous counties were 3.5 times more likely to have Covid outbreaks if masks weren’t required to start the school year.
Locally, the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is one of many that started the year with a mask requirement, and so far, has stayed in person.
Folks in the community surrounding the school district seem to feel positive about masks and their impact.
WTVA reporter Rhea Thornton spoke Friday with some community members. Watch the interviews in the video above.
The CDC also highlighted that 96% of public schools have been able to remain open for full in-person learning.