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Ask Amy: Mom ‘unmasks’ some schoolchildren

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Always rely on your physician’s advice (and the CDC guidelines and recommendations) concerning your child’s risk, but it seems most obvious that your child’s teacher is possibly at an even greater risk than the children in the class.

This teacher has the right to work in the safest possible environment. If these masks are not safe, then skirting the rules in this regard is demonstrating extreme arrogance and potentially dangerous disregard on the part of these other parents.

Yes, the teacher and school administration should be notified.

Education Week magazine is keeping a growing list of educators who have died due to COVID-19. If you want to have your heart broken today — regarding the bus drivers, lunch ladies, librarians, custodians and beloved teachers and school staff who have died of COVID — I suggest you look up the editorial in the Sept. 3, 2021 issue (“We Feel Your Grief”), written by Managing Editor Lesli A. Maxwell.

Education Week notes: “As of Sept. 24, 2021, at least 1,145 active and retired K-12 educators and personnel have died of COVID-19. Of those, 378 were active teachers.”

Dear Amy: As important holidays approach, I am forced to re-analyze my social anxiety.


I know I should call friends and family members to let them know I'm thinking about them, but I get butterflies in my stomach and put it off for hours because I feel like I never know what to say.

When it comes to disagreements with anyone, I shake in my boots at the thought of arguing and causing a rift.

I want to maintain strong relationships, but I don't know how to get over my silly fear of conversations.

Do you have any ideas or words of comfort for anyone struggling with this?


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