What is amusing to me is how Ben, while preaching about leaving science to scientists (a pretty sad message in itself), makes a scientific statement when he posits, with full conviction, that his kid is at home because of the rules about mask mandates or vaccines at schools. The only real because that I can see in his statement is that his kid is at home because he/she had been to school; had they been home schooling or remote learning this would probably haven't happened. Unless this because has a different meaning, of course, and is intended to mean that in masked-up and vaccinated schools exposure to people with covid will not result in kids quarantining at home.
As for science, I wonder whether there exists any data that compares outcomes for kids at schools that have or have not instituted mask mandates for all or vaccine mandates for teachers. I would be surprised if such data exists — it's far too early into the latest wave — but it would be interesting to see if it does.