Parents face dilemma in states that ban school mask mandates
Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District Stephanie S. Elizalde, at the Doss Elementary School entrance in Austin Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. - Lola Gomez/American-Statesman file/Austin American-Statesman/TNS

In June, Tempe mother Kammy Pany was disappointed to learn the Arizona House passed a measure that would prohibit all school districts and charter schools from requiring masks. After being home for a year, her three elementary school-aged children were excited to return to lessons in person this fall. But because of their compromised immune systems and the likely mask change, Pany felt she had no choice but to find a school that offered online learning. After researching about six, she finally found one. “It’s been difficult, and the kids at this point, they stopped asking about going back to ...