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San Diego Unified removes Trump letter from food baskets

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 17:21:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Unified School District says it has removed a letter from President Trump inserted into food baskets that, according to the district, downplays the importance of wearing a mask.

The district says the letter “significantly diminishes the scientifically-backed importance of wearing a mask to protect against the transmission of COVID-19.”

According to the district, the letter was placed into boxes of free groceries set to be distributed to 50 million families across the country.

The district says President Trump’s letter recommends that Americans practice social distancing and “consider wearing a face covering in public.”

“Science is clear: wearing a mask works to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” Superintendent Cindy Marten said. “Masks are required in California and on every San Diego Unified school campus. It is not optional, as the President wrote in his letter.”

The state currently requires that people wear face coverings when in public spaces, indoors, and areas where physical distancing is not possible.