Things Are Looking Up: CPS Mask Mandate Lifted

Even though I will continue to wear my mask, I am happy things are looking up.

Alyssa Ortega, Columns Editor

Monday, March 14th, 2022 marked the day Chicago Public Schools (CPS) went mask optional. This is a big step forward for schools and Chicago.

Starting this week, CPS students and staff have the option to wear their mask. Wearing a mask is still encouraged, but the COVID-19 cases are rapidly decreasing, so CPS officials think that it’s safe enough to make it optional.

The mask mandate has been lifted all throughout Chicago. CPS were the first ones to make the mask required and last ones to lift the mandate. CPS CEO Pedro Martinez, says that they are moving forward with this new mandate because it is safe to do so.

The current test positivity rate in the city is 0.7% which is actually incredible compared to previous rates. As the city gets safer, so do the schools.

As we approach these safer times, it is still important to remember to stay home if sick, and always keep some distance.

Although there are two sides to this story, I think this is an overall positive thing. Having the mask mandate lifted truly shows that Chicago is moving forward. Even though I will continue to wear my mask, I am happy things are looking up.