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What are the rules on masks in schools?

Whether students have to wear masks, and the trouble they could face if they don’t, depends on where they go to school.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages masks for most students, especially when they are less than 6 feet apart. The exceptions are children younger than 2 and those with breathing problems or who can’t remove the mask without help.

But how states and districts interpret the guidance varies. Ohio mandates masks across the board in K-12 schools. Massachusetts requires masks for students in second grade and higher, and encourages them for younger children. South Carolina says students have to wear masks in the hallways, but can take them off in the classroom if a teacher allows it.

Rules vary outside the United States, too. In Germany, Berlin requires masks in hallways, but not during classroom instruction. In the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, masks are required in class as well. In the northern Italian town of Codogno that was hit hard by the virus, elementary and middle school students have to wear masks. They can be lowered during lessons, unless students can’t maintain distance.

The issue has led to some contention. Back in the U.S., Utah’s school mask mandate has drawn protest from parents, as well as support from some students who say it’s worth it to be able to attend school in-person. The state also allows for some of the strictest consequences. Students and staff who refuse to follow the rules could be charged with a misdemeanor.

In New York City, officials say students will simply be sent home and told to attend school remotely if they refuse to wear masks.

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Paige Spiranac impressed with Bryson DeChambeaus US Open win despite all the hate

Paige Spiranac will give credit where it is due.

On Sunday, Spiranac congratulated Bryson DeChambeau on his US Open win, less than two months after the “Playing A Round” podcast host chastised the 26-year-old golfer’s behavior.

“It’s fun to give Bryson s–t at times but you have to give him so much credit for sticking to his guns despite all the hate and now he gets to call himself a US Open Champion. Well deserved win,” Spiranac tweeted.

DeChambeau, whose physical transformation has become one of golf’s biggest storylines this season, scored his first major championship win on Sunday at the Winged Foot Golf Club. He finished 6-under par to cruise to a six-shot victory that he called “surreal.”

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” DeChambeau said.

DeChambeau, who had blasted the course during the first round on Thursday, has taken the golf community by storm, but not always for the best reason.

Over the summer, Spiranac called out DeChambeau, who had debated with a PGA official in July about an out-of-bounds decision during the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

“The way he acted to that rules official was so uncalled for and I think it just shows where his headspace is at right now, where he thinks that he is literally pioneering the way that golf is being played, and so he is so far and beyond everyone else that he can tell a rules official, who their job is to know the rules inside and out, and for Bryson to say, ‘I don’t believe you, I need a second ruling.’ Who do you think you are?” Spiranac said, according to News.com.au.

Spiranac added Sunday that she loves how both “[Matthew] Wolff and Bryson both play the game their own way.”

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