It’s back-to-school season: Mask up, and we’ll get through this together
The cool, fall air isn’t here yet, but it’s officially back-to-school season. It’s an unusual time for those entering milestone years of education (first year of kindergarten, middle school, high school, or higher education). While those first days might not feel momentous in the ways they once did, they are still moments to mark and celebrate.
We continue to live in a strange time where following official health and safety guidance can feel like a roller coaster. Before COVID-19, we hadn’t lived through a global pandemic of this magnitude. Science and technology have been advancing rapidly, thankfully leading to life-saving vaccines but also frustratingly leading to ever-changing guidance. If you’re struggling with the yo-yo ride, you’re not alone.
I know it’s hard. We’re all more than ready for things to feel normal again. And we will—if we commit to maintaining health and safety measures a little while longer. Mask up, keep your distance, and wash your hands. We’ll get through this together.
Lacey Beaty was elected Beaverton’s Mayor in 2020. Prior to serving as Mayor, she served for six years on Beaverton City Council.