Students at Elk Ridge Elementary in Buckley wear masks in class last year. As school districts prepare to open in the fall with in-person instruction, state officials are also preparing to enforce a statewide mask mandate indoors for students and staff. (Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press)

To the editor -- After children were released from home to go back to school -- out where the pandemic is -- we cannot be surprised that more children are getting sick, not at all. We had protected them amply well until it came time to go back to school and get them out of the house.