Another city school principal urged kids to keep their faces covered despite the lifting of school mask mandates this week — even when Mayor Eric Adams tore down the practice as a form of administrative “bullying”.
Priscilla Chan, director of Brooklyn Collaborative Studies, sent the parents a letter after City Hall over the weekend Masks made optional from Monday.
“As of Mon 3/7, masks are no longer mandatory in DOE school buildings for students in grades K-12,” Chan wrote. “We strongly recommend that students and staff continue to wear masks at school to ensure everyone’s safety.”
Parents said the policy undermines their ability to make a decision for their children on this difficult matter.
“Tell me, which student will wear a mask after the principal tells them not to?” asked one parent. “Is this realistic? Of course not. This is abuse of power and they know exactly what they are doing.”
Another parent echoed this concern, saying, “Students were not placed in a position where they had a great deal of choice.”
Adams appeared to agree with that position on Tuesday when asked about a similar rogue principal at Manhattan’s elite Beacon High School.
“We will not bully students,” the mayor said in response to a question on Beacon, which lets teachers decide if they need masks in class.
“The message came from the mayor and the chancellor that children in schools do not have to wear a mask.”
While emphasizing that children and their families are free to continue wearing face coverings, Adams said teachers and administrators should not try to influence that decision.
“There are thousands of teachers, and if everyone wants their own policy – that can’t happen in our school system,” Adams said, claiming he and school chancellor David Banks had established clear guidelines.
Like Chan, Beacon director Brady Smith told parents teachers reserve the right to ask their children to wear masks.
“While teachers can’t mandate a mask in their classroom, they can require students to wear one, as many of us have vulnerable loved ones at home,” Smith said.
Several Beacon students told the Post Monday they were pressured by staff to keep their faces covered.
“My history teacher asked us to please continue to wear our masks,” said one senior. “I don’t think it’s right, the social pressure he created.”
One student said he removed his mask and then quickly reconsidered after a staff member clarified her position on the covers.
“The decision to wear a face covering or not is now entirely up to students, parents and staff. Those decisions should be respected, and those who criticize others for their decisions should be counseled to respect the decisions of others,” a DOE spokesman said Monday on the issue.
While masks are optional for kindergarten kids through grade 12, toddlers ages 2 to 4 are still required to wear them.
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