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Theis applauds counties, schools for ending mask mandates

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis on Friday applauded Michigan counties and school districts that announced plans this week to end mask mandates.

“It’s encouraging to see that throughout the week, various county health departments and school districts have come to their senses, followed the science, and started to announce an end to their mask-wearing mandates for students,” said Theis, R-Brighton.

“In a few short days, we have successfully unmasked children who attend school in nine counties throughout our state. To the families in Washtenaw County who have reached out for help: We did it!

“It’s important that, as leaders in our communities, we continue to stand with parents and give families and students the opportunity to make health care decisions that are best for them.”

On Tuesday, Theis, who chairs the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee, called on state leaders to help end the forced masking of Michigan’s K-12 schoolchildren. Since then, Oakland, Ingham, Washtenaw, Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Otsego, Benzie, and Leelanau county health departments have announced an end to school masking policies.

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