Louisiana Attorney General Gives Parents Sample Letters to Help Their Children Avoid Mask-Wearing Advice in Schools

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. Roll call of Tom Williams / CQ

  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry distributed sample letters parents could use to request an exemption from the COVID-19 guidelines.

  • On his office Facebook page, Landry posted letters calling for philosophical and religious exemptions from wearing masks and vaccines.

  • “I have philosophical objections that prevent my child from complying with your COVID-19 policies on vaccines and mask wearing,” read a letter.

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The Louisiana Attorney General has drafted and distributed sample letters intended to help parents avoid mask orders and COVID-19 vaccination requirements for their children in schools.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Landry posted the letters on his office’s Facebook page. The letters cite philosophical or religious motivations as reasons for a parent to grant their child a mask exemption at a Louisiana school.

The letters also seek to help parents justify a reason why eligible children are not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“I have philosophical objections that prevent my child from complying with your COVID-19 vaccine and mask-wearing policies,” the philosophical exemption letter reads.

“Your mask policy imposes risks on my child’s mental and emotional health by hampering his verbal and non-verbal communication with his classmates and teachers for up to more than 6 hours a day,” the same letter reads.

The religious exemption letter says a mask warrant leads to “anti-social behavior” and interferes with “religious commandments to share God’s love with others” and “relationships in violation of the Bible.”

Health agencies nationwide have been urging Americans to wear masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus for months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of 2 wear a mask indoors, including students and teachers, regardless of their immunization status.

“When teachers, staff and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they are protecting themselves and others,” the CDC’s advice explains. “Consistent and correct use of the mask is especially important indoors and in crowded environments, where physical distance cannot be maintained.”

The day before Landry posted the letters to his office Facebook page, Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards reinstated an indoor mask mandate for anyone 5 years of age or older. Positive cases of coronavirus in Louisiana are on the rise and this order was aimed at curbing the spread, Edwards’s office said.

The indoor mask’s warrant will remain in place at least until September 1, his office said.

Landry’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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