Schools across America bring back Covid MASKS in classrooms amid rise in infections

A slew of schools across America are reinstating mask mandates amid a surge in positive Covid tests - despite evidence they harm children's learning.

Kinterbish Junior High School in Alabama has asked all students, staff and visitors to start wearing face masks in classrooms and hallways 'due to the slow rise of Covid cases in the area' since late last month.

Alabama's Talladega City School district which serves more than 1,700 students has also urged children and staff to wear masks, but stressed they are 'encouraged but not required.' 

Meanwhile, a Maryland elementary school sparked outrage this week after saying students must don tightly-fitted N95 masks for 10 days, despite only a handful of schoolkids testing positive for Covid.