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Back to School with Delta Variant and No-Mask Edict

 A group of elementary students wait to have their temperatures checked before entering school.
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A group of elementary students wait to have their temperatures checked before entering school.

In an eleventh-hour move, Lee County Schools announced masks will be required of students returning to class for the fall semester this week. Parents or caregivers can opt their children out of having to wear a mask, setting the stage for battles usually waged in comments sections of social media. Will those arguments among adults translate to bullying on the playground? We’ll talk with the director of Florida Gulf Coast University's Community Counseling Center about how to prepare kids for a more high-strung first day of school than usual.

We’ll also look at the evolving science as medical professionals share real-time information on local caseloads, hear a heart-wrenching plea from Pediatric Emergency Room Doctors.

In this hour, we’re live on WGCU-FM and taking your calls to talk about our smallest citizens, who are ineligible for the Coronavirus vaccine but are being asked to voluntarily wear a mask into school this week.

Guests:

  • Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Lee Health Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
  • Dr. Alise Bartley, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT Clinical Assistant Professor/Director of the Community Counseling Center Department of Counseling at FGCU
  • John Davis, WGCU News