Bishop Carroll students and parents protest masks

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – On Tuesday, a group of students and parents gathered outside Bishop Carroll Catholic High School to protest the high school’s mask mandate.

Protesters believe everyone should have the right to decide if they want to wear a mask or not.

“We are not here to bring division. We are here to simply say that we want to have a choice in this,” said Marilee Drouhard, parent.

KSN News reached out to the school, and the president said no comment.

Janet Eaton, Superintendent Catholic Diocese of Wichita, released the following statement:

Aligned with our school safety strategies, students and staff at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, and several of our elementary Catholic parish schools are wearing masks to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in their schools. The masking at this time is a temporary measure. We are continuously monitoring our COVID-related data.

The mask mandate went into effect on Friday because of a rise in COVID cases.

Other school districts, including Andover, Derby, Goddard, Maize, Mulvane, Wellington, and Wichita, have implemented masking because of a rise in coronavirus cases.

Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control at The University of Kansas Health System, urges parents not to be swayed by protests and demonstrations against masks in schools, saying there is good real-world evidence from large randomized controlled trials that masks work to keep COVID from spreading. 

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