No vaccinations or masks in Missouri schools required if the "School Freedom Act" is passed.

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Masking children in school is a very touchy subject. Some parents love it, and some hate it.

Missouri Republican Senator Andrew Koeing is sponsoring a bill that puts an end to masks and vaccinations in schools and daycares for Missouri children.

Senate Bill 646 is called the “School Freedom Act.” Under this act, no public or charter school in Missouri can implement or enforce any student dress codes or Covid-19 preventative measures, including a mask or face covering mandate.

The bill also states that Missouri students not be required as a condition of participating in school activities or sports to be immunized against COVID-19.

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Undergoing any testing policy as an alternative to receiving the vaccinations for COVID-19 will not be a requirement either. The bill will give the schools room to allow for proof of a negative COVID-19 test to return to school and activities if a child tests positive for COVID-19 or displays COVID-19 symptoms.

Lastly, the policy will allow parents to decide if a child can participate in school and school activities instead of quarantining. Even if the child had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, parents could choose to allow them in school.

Provided the child shows no symptoms of COVID-19 and doesn’t test positive for COVID-19, this bill will let the parents decide. This new policy includes children attending daycares, pre-schools, and nursery schools, stating they will not be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of attendance.

Senator Andrew Koeing is sponsoring several other bills affecting schools in Missouri.

It is essential to know what legislation is being voted on in our state. Our government can't speak for Missourians if they are unaware of your opinion.

Change comes from involvement, and involvement is easier than you think. Click this link to email your senator your thoughts on the "School Freedom Act."

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