Although the idea for schools in the U.S. to reopen with physical presence might not have been the best, some schools still decided to go on with it. The success, though, was very shortlived, and multiple schools that tried it have had to close almost immediately due to high number of new Covid-19 infections.
The only schools that are running successfully so far are the ones that mandate distance and wearing face masks. In fact, some schools even installed barriers between desks to provide social distancing between students, and some have been handing out free face masks to every student.
This Canadian school went a bit too far, though, and decided to hand out different masks for boys and girls. Why? Only the school administration knows.
The school have been handing out blue masks to students that have been assigned ‘male’ at birth, and pink masks to students assigned as ‘female’. Again, I really don’t get the reason behind this, but the problem occurred when students weren’t given the option to choose their own masks and their own preferred color. Instead, they are only allowed to wear the mask they’ve been given, or wear their own if they bring it from home.
Catherine Lebel is the mother of an 8-year-old girl that attends the school, and she tweeted out about the issue.
8 yo daughter came home irritated today about the “girl masks” and “boy masks” that were distributed to her class. pic.twitter.com/AwgXCrFeMA
— Catherine Lebel (@CatherineALebel) September 2, 2020
The mom told the Mirror that she wasn’t expecting a boycott or anything like that, and she’s aware that there are far higher priorities at the moment. However, this is completely unnecessary, as masks are protective gear that shouldn’t be gendered.
Many people agreed with her and were annoyed by the school district’s decision:
Well done to your daughter for speaking up about this 👏🏽 We think this is pretty silly – how can there be “girl masks” or “boy masks” – colours are for everyone! #letmasksbemasks 😷😊
— Let Toys Be Toys (@LetToysBeToys) September 4, 2020
I’m so sorry your daughter has to go to school in 1973, I hope her school relocate to the 21st century soon.
— WinterTroubles (@WinterTroubles) September 4, 2020
Agreed. I wonder how the school would feel if it said the words “kiss me” on them.
— Shades Of Meaning (@SparrowsFlying) September 4, 2020
According to a statement released by the school, they had no control over the designs for the masks, but they didn’t address who decided to enforce gender stereotypes when they ordered the masks.