It turns out that mask mandates disputes are not isolated to Alaska’s school districts. A new Gallup report indicates that the issue has become a flashpoint across the nation with parents often clashing with school boards and administrators.

A newly released survey by Gallop notes that less than half of U.S. parents support universal mask mandates.

Among K-12 parents, 48% say all students should be required to wear masks at school regardless of their vaccination status, which is what the CDC recommends. At the same time, 41% say no students should be required to do so and about 11% of parents believe masks should only be required for unvaccinated students. Parents are similarly divided on whether all teachers and staff should be required to mask.

Conducted Aug. 16-22, the poll found that 60% of parents with children aged 16 to 18 said their kids are vaccinated. That number will likely hit a wall, Gallup reports, as just 7% of parents who have unvaccinated 16 to 18-year-olds plan to have them get the jab in the future. Additionally, one out of three parents with 16 to 18-year-olds say they will never allow the shot for their child, and that number jumps to 42% for parents with children ages 12 to 15, and 46% for parents with children under 12 years.

With an estimated 73 million U.S. children under age 18, this means there are literally tens of millions of kids who will likely never be required by their parents to get a COVID shot.

Overall, Gallup found that parents of K-12 student are “consistently less worried than the general public about people in their area choosing not to get vaccinated.”

Since April when Gallup first asked Americans how worried they are about people in their area not getting vaccinated, majorities ranging from 53% to 60% have said they are “very” or “moderately” worried. The latest reading shows 60% are this concerned. Among K-12 parents, 51% are worried about unvaccinated people in their local area. Yet, 48% are not worried, including 37% who are “not worried at all.”

The Gallup report notes that as schools have opened across the nation, protests against shuttered classrooms have largely given way to protests against mask mandates as a condition of keeping schools open.

“Mask mandates are defended by those who support them as the best way to achieve normalcy this school year,” Gallup states, “but they are criticized by opponents as ineffective, dangerous and a violation of personal freedoms.”

These debates have generated created considerable controversy across Alaska, with most large school districts refusing to implement universal mask mandates. Anchorage and Juneau are the exceptions.

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Alaska’s school mask controversy playing out across the nation

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Timothy Colbath says:

    Therapeutics are the answer. The study from Israel demonstrated that Natural Immunity is far better than the Phizer vaccine. About 13 times better protection to reinfection actually.

    • Linda says:

      Thank you!

    • Kfinh says:

      Hey don’t spew none of that real science study here. The pseudoscience crowd will get offended because you’re not following Lord Faucism science. Remember as a collective we only can follow the scientist and science that’s been approved by the regime. Anything else is a conspiracy and a thought crime!!!!! Oh yeah and….. you’re going to kill the rest of us who’s vaccinated and you hate grandma……

  • DoneWithIt says:

    This isn’t about health or wellness.
    They don’t care about you – at all.
    This is about control.
    This is about BigPharma profits.
    This is about de-population.
    And they are dividing us to conquer us.
    A big confrontation is looming on the horizon…

  • Ceak says:

    It’s not even about covid anymore.

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Stop sending your kids to these Communist Indoctrination Camps!

  • G Aleution says:

    I think this will be resolved quickly. It certainly an expose of who supports the idea of our Confederate (league of friendship) Republic guaranteed form of government.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    No mask wearing for me.
    If your Afraid stay home, let us live our lives as we choose. it’s my choice not yours.

  • Ralph says:

    ANMC physicians, doctors, and nurses are pushing to get anyone injected.. I’m completely healthy/young but they wanted to jab me anyways.. to the point of implying guilt for not taking it.
    -They just want bodies to take the doses so they can collect their government incentives.. deplorable sell-outs! Your good as long as you don’t die.. no matter you lost the ability to use your right arm or suffered a stroke.. it’s for the greater good.. the doc’s house payments.

    • Jen says:

      If you have a job, start making small research for private health insurance (Bluecross Blueshield and Christian Health plans), then go find a private practice, so the greedy IHS administrators don’t get a dollar from your new insurance provider.

      • Jen says:

        Sovereignty is complete independence where the nation or person doesn’t rely upon the daily provisions from others.

  • Andy says:

    Cloth or paper masks dont stop the Wuhan flu, the virus easily passes right through and they are only good for stopping large droplets and breeding bacteria, lots of bacteria making them more dangerous then what they were intended for. One type that does work is the N95 but needs to be fitted. I would think that school districts, being bastions of academic standards would include supporting literature with their mask-up decisions but we aren’t seeing that, we see instead a pitchfork and torch mentality, has the virus mutated into a brain eating amoeba?

  • G Aleution says:

    Very good previous comments. There is a worm (filament) known to insane scientists which enters and eats into larger creatures into the brain captivating it while still alive. These are interactive with wood wasps which compete with (kill) bumblebee bees and thus reduces desired propagation affecting crops for humans. These wasps are being maliciously and willfully imported by deep state operatives into the US now with impunity. The ollies are quite sincere about their stated goal of reducing human populations as stated in the green new deal your children are indoctrinated to love while you are, perhaps, at work. The globalist oligarchs are very sincere, cohesive, religionists who want this planet as a private corporate enclave with a few slaves. Their effete religious piety is to tell you somehow like using captured entertainment businesses what exactly they intend to do (to you) beforehand. Doing nothing is accepted as consent. Is it informed consent though? Look at the happy faces in the crowd. Which one(s) would you like as your slave. The hidden oligarchs feel the same. If you don’t see yourself as a pawn now is the time for all good men (one in a thousand ; the rest are defective) to come to the aid of (t)his country.

  • El Lobo Polar says:

    The grim reaper has a rich harvest here!