Students face dilemma: mask or no mask


At the end of January, Hampton City Schools announced its intention to sue Governor Glenn Youngkin for making masks optional in schools, but less than a month later, the district reversed its position, announcing, “students will have the option to wear or not wear a mask in all Hampton City schools.” As a result, many Bethel students are now faced with a difficult choice: drop the mask or mask up.

When asked how they felt about this sudden policy shift, some students seemed ambivalent. “I wouldn’t say this is totally bad,”  Jassiah, a Bethel student, remarked. She added though, “But this can raise [COVID] cases.”

In contrast, many others still feel strongly that students should keep wearing masks in school. They claim the masks make them feel more comfortable and protected.  One student commented, “Even if I did not have to wear a mask, I would still choose to wear it.”

Even if I did not have to wear a mask, I would still choose to wear it.”

A quick glance around suggests many students are in agreement.  Since the mandate officially ended, most students at Bethel have continued to wear their masks voluntarily. As winter rolls into spring though, it remains to be seen if students will continue to choose to wear their masks.