Upper West Side Mom Campaigns to End School Masking Mandate

  Last modified on September 10th, 2022

An Upper West Side mom named Natalya Murakhver recently launched a campaign with the aim of ridding NYC of its school-masking mandate, the New York Post first wrote.

Natalya told us that tensions over her potentially polarizing campaign have been pretty limited between her and fellow parents.


Natalya’s campaign challenged adults to “#MaskLikeAKid for just one day to experience what kids are experiencing five days a week in school.” That one day was November 1, a day after kids would be putting away their Halloween masks until next year.

Natalya emphasized that while adults know what it’s like to wear masks, they haven’t experienced the lack of freedom that school kids are currently experiencing (like being yelled at by teachers for taking their masks off).

On Natalya’s new website – www.masklikeakid.com – she writes that “Our worldwide campaign will shine a light on the plight of millions of children, who are compelled to #SchoolMask all day long, with limited to no breaks, even outside & during gym. This draconian policy is not based on science, data or common sense.”

We asked Natalya what her future plans were, since November 1 already happened. As of now she says it’s up in the air, but she plans on doing something to further her goal.

When we asked her what she’d say to parents following the current CDC guidelines, which “recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status” – she referred to the current guidelines from WHO, which state that “Children aged 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks” and “For children between six and 11 years of age, a risk-based approach should be applied to the decision to use a mask.” Current WHO guidelines also state that “Children and adolescents 12 years or older should follow the national mask guidelines for adults.”

In the spring, Natalya led a GoFundMe campaign titled “Reopen All NYC Schools 5 Days with Actual Teachers.” This campaign raised a total of $28,602 out of a $30,000 goal.

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