Yae or Nay to Optional Masks?

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By Ches

Now masks are optional and, although about half are still wearing masks in class, McKinley students seem to approve of the new policy. They are happy with their overall new freedom.

Cheska Orias, reporter

Masks have been such a prominent part of life over the past two years, being mandatory to go anywhere. Now masks are optional and, although about half are still wearing masks in class, McKinley students seem to approve of the new policy. They are happy with their overall new freedom.
Junior Katie Tran likes not wearing masks.
”It feels good and feels free,” Tran said.
Freshman Mohealani Feiloaki also likes the idea of masks being optional.
“I like it ’cause I can breathe without suffocating in the mask,” she said.
Although Feiloaki finds masks uncomfortable, she still wears one when necessary.
“If I don’t feel safe, then yes,” she said.
Other students said that it depends if you like it or not, and if COVID-19 cases went up again you should wear a mask. Another said wearing masks makes it difficult to breathe in a hot classroom.
Senior Joseph Kim said, “ I don’t mind when people take off their masks. Personally, I like to wear masks, but I won’t tell others to wear them.”
The school is a huge area, with students roaming around and heading into other classes or rooms. Those watching over students and responsible for their safety are the school staff and faculty.
Principal Ron Okamura said he believes masks can keep people safe. He said he still wears a mask most of the time.
He is aware that if he isn’t wearing a mask in a crowded area, there is a chance that he might catch something.
“Personal choices come with personal consequences,” Okamura said.