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A student works on an assignment at Freedom Preparatory Academy on September 10, 2020 in Provo, Utah. - In person schooling with masks has started up in many Utah schools since shutting down in March of this year due to the covid-19 virus. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP) (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

Conflicting school mask requirements frustrating Americans

The national debate over school mask mandates has intensified as students began to prepare for in-person learning this fall. According to reports on Sunday, a growing number of parents have become frustrated with government messaging on face covering requirements for children aged twelve and under. 

Joe Biden removes his protective face mask at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Democrats reimpose mask orders amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Many Democrats across the U.S. have said they wanted mask mandates reimplemented, while others have been more careful in going forward with doing so. After mandates were lifted across the country in May due to declining cases and increasing vaccination rates, many thought a return to normal was here.

Governor Kay Ivey speaks at a coronavirus update briefing in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 14, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Ala. Gov: I want folks to get vaccinated

The Governor of Alabama urged more residents of the state to get vaccinated. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) blamed the surge in COVID-19 cases on people who have refused to get the vaccine.