Parent, disability advocate calls on Hochul to keep masks in schools

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While some people want the mask mandate at schools gone, a disability advocate and parent is coming forward to say she wants it to stay.

Shannon LaVigne is the director at Mito Hope and Help. Her children have mitochondrial disease.

Having an immunocompromised family means masks are a way to protect them.

Lavigne says her children deserve to go to school in-person, but she says schools and the governor aren’t taking children with disabilities into account when considering lifting the mask mandate.

As we wait for Gov. Hochul to make a decision about masks in schools, LaVigne would like to see them in place until the end of the year.

She says a few weeks of declining cases isn’t enough.

Learn about her message for people who are fighting the mandates by watching the video of Emily De Vito’s story.