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Parents push back with mask option petition after CDC reverses course

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SUPERIOR, WI-- The CDC is urging mask-wearing indoors as the best way to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

With school starting soon, some parents in Superior are hoping a petition will put that decision in their hands.

Brooke Taylor started the petition.

"We just wanted to get the word out there and to also get a feel for who feels comfortable and who is on board with making masks optional this school year for all students regardless of vaccination status," said Taylor, mom of 6.

She says the petition isn't to ban masks all together but to let parents decide.

That's despite studies showing masks are the best way to prevent the spread, especially amongst the unvaccinated.

"Both in Wisconsin and nationally, we have seen the first increase in weekly case numbers that we had since April," said U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.

The Democrat from Wisconsin is urging everyone to wear a mask if they haven't been vaccinated.

Most students are too young to get the shot.

"There's pros and cons to both, I feel again, that we aren't banning masks," said Taylor. "We're just asking that they be made optional, so families can make the best choice."

The petition has more than 650 signatures and while some are on board, petition organizers are hoping to get 1,000 signatures.

Baldwin says it's time for Wisconsinites to follow the science, "We're seeing the beginning of another surge, that could be prevented."

For more information on the petition click here.

The Superior School District turned down our request for an interview today.

However, they did say they haven't made any final decisions about requiring masks this school year and are weighing their options.

A more concrete plan will be discussed at their school board meeting Aug. 16.

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Emma Quinn

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