LETTER: … I would like my child to be able to enjoy her time at school while being able to breathe freely with no mask on

Dear Editor:
Here is a copy of an email I sent to the Ely school board:
With the emerging science stating that cloth masks are wholly ineffective against Covid-19, and to quote Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst: “Little more than facial decorations.” I am wondering if we are going to reevaluate our masking policy for our children and teachers.
As the cloth masks are what most children and staff are wearing, ignoring these emerging discoveries that are accepted and reviews in the scientific communities seems like a huge oversight.
As a concerned parent I would like my child to be able to enjoy her time at school while being able to breathe freely with no mask on.
While complying with this mandate seemed reasonable when we believed that cloth masks were helping protect our children, having actual proof that it is not makes the masks irrelevant and a huge overreach of power.
I am concerned that we are potentially scaring our children and preventing them from the proper social skills needed to prepare them for the real world as well as making school less enjoyable which is commonly accepted to restrict their learning.
If you and the school board are not going to recall the mask mandate, I would have to expect that there would need to be changes that upgraded the teachers and students to a clean and new every day surgical mask mandate, which the school will need to provide due to income disparities between students.
If we are not going to recall the mask mandate or push it forward to require masks that are effective against Covid-19 then it is my assumption that you and the school board are simply trying to exercise control over our children to make everyone feel better regardless of outcome and at the expense of our children.
Claire High
Ely, MN