A dental board in Texas says it will not allow students who choose to wear masks at the commencement ceremonies at their schools to be allowed to wear them during the state’s graduation ceremony because it would be too dangerous.
The Texas Dentistry Association, which represents dental schools in the state, said Thursday it was working with the Texas Medical Association and other groups to create guidelines that would allow students to wear mask while receiving their diplomas.
The association’s president, John C. Osterberg, said students should be allowed “to wear whatever they want to wear.”
“Our concern is not that the students may get hurt,” Osterbergh said.
“We have no problem with the students wearing masks.
But, the safety of our students is paramount.”
The Texas Dental Association says its members have received several calls from students who have been harassed or assaulted in the past, and the association is working with schools to develop new policies that would make it easier for students to get out safely, Osterberger said.
The Texas DMA says its students receive an average of 11 dental exams every year, and that some of them get attacked in the course of their studies.