Head Start School Programs Require COVID Masks for Children, Contrary to CDC Guidance

by Madeleine Hubbard


Head Start, the federal program providing preschool and child care for low-income families, will require COVID-19 masks  for children 2 and older this school year, which is inconsistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The Head Start requirements were instituted last November by the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the school readiness program. They requires staff members to be vaccinated, in addition to the mask requirement.

The mandate is not in effect in 25 states following lawsuits late last year.

The federal government recommended last month for schools and child care centers to implement mask requirements when COVID is at a high transmission level. Masks are optional in most schools and daycare facilities.

After the CDC issued its new guidance, National Head Start Association Executive Director Yasmina Vinci wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, expressing “significant frustration and disappointment that a final rule, or any additional guidance, has not been released yet.”

Health and Human Services, which oversees Head Start, acknowledged that the rule contradicts current recommendations but said that updating the rule is a “lengthy process” and Head Start centers are not being checked for masking compliance, The New York Times reported.

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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. She previously served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Reprinted with permission from Just the News

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  1. LM

    The DHS, and Medicare too, for that matter, are bordering on criminal behavior. They are controlling federal funds based on at least two unlawful mandates – 1.mask wearing, and 2. a COVID jab that is still an EUA. They will LIE and tell people Commirnaty and BioNtech are the same thing- they are NOT the same thing or they would not be two different products. The only FDA approved jab- (not that anyone should get it anyway) is Commirnaty – try and get it. Masks have always been useless for the public to “slow COVID spread”. People who are still too dumb to have realized that by now should not be in charge of children.