No masks means more opinions


Lillian Zieger

Sophomores are learning about biology in Mr. Blake’s class and preparing to take a test; some are in masks, and some are not. This shows the diversity between students who chose to/not to wear masks.

The mask mandate at RHS and throughout Wayne County has recently been lifted, so it is now optional for students and staff to decide whether or not to wear one.
“I feel that it should be the individual’s choice,” health science teacher Trina Rooney said. “If people feel that they want to wear them, they should be able to, and if people don’t want to then they shouldn’t have to.”
The majority of students and staff at RHS have decided not to wear masks, but there are still people who wear them for a multitude of personal reasons.
“I feel that people who decide to wear masks should be able to wear them without criticism or problems from anyone who isn’t wearing one,” mathematics teacher Joanna Secco said. “For me personally, I still wear my mask because of certain conditions in my home life that cause me to be more careful than perhaps the average person.”
All staff and students may have different reasons or beliefs for why they either are or are not wearing face coverings; this may include safety, reassurance, family/personal beliefs, or even the comfort of wearing them.
“I don’t wear my mask at school because I don’t wear it anywhere else I go, so I feel that there’s really no difference in wearing one here but not anywhere else,” junior Kylie King said.
Disposable masks are made to protect the user from droplets or airborne particles from entering the body, and causing a virus to spread and infect the host[person who is now sick].
“Knowing the science behind how small viruses can travel through a mask, and I know that in order for a mask to be effective it has to be a fit-tested N 95 mask, to truly protect you from viruses,” Rooney said.
Wearing a mask is not the only measure of protection from COVID-19; if students and staff are regularly washing their hands properly, and keeping their hands away from portals of entry before sanitization, they should maintain healthy.
“I don’t feel that there is a big health risk with not wearing masks,” King said. “I’m already vaccinated and I don’t see a difference.”
Some feel that wearing masks has changed society, the way people perceive each other, and has made it difficult to really get to know people without being able to see their face/facial expressions.
“I feel like if you cough or sneeze or don’t have a mask on then people will look at you funny, and distance themselves from you,” Rooney said. “Masks also seem to give some people a false sense of security.”
Some people feel safe, comfortable, and protected from sickness with their masks on and may possibly never take them off.
“I’m not entirely sure if I’ll take my mask off,” Secco said. “Perhaps maybe in the summer months, or possibly when things die down even more; but then again in the winter and flu season I might go back to wearing it, so right now I’m not sure.”
The importance is that students and staff feel safe at RHS, and are given the opportunity to wear or not wear a mask, based on their comfortability level, and are not condemned for their decision.
“I personally don’t have a preference on wearing a mask,” King said. “I’ll wear one if someone is more comfortable with me wearing one, or if somewhere I go requires it, but personally I don’t really like wearing them.”