Another school year is upon us and there is no clear agreement on implementing guidelines to protect children from Covid. There seems to be no shame by politicians and other talking heads who are refusing to recommend or mandate wearing a mask or taking a vaccine.
Some elected officials are even taking it a step further: Threatening to defund school districts and not pay teachers and administrators if they require student to wear masks. This is done despite the fact that in the early days of schools reopening, we are seeing increases in infections among children. Implementing guidelines to protect children from Covid should be of the highest priority.
School districts all across America require proof of children being immunized against the most communicable childhood diseases: diphtheria, tetanus pertussis, polio measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox. Most responsible parents starts the immunization process within the first few months of a child’s life. Implementing guidelines to protect children from Covid until they have a choice in getting them vaccinated would provide parents more comfort sending their children back to school.
Yes, there has been some controversy over the safety and value of vaccinations. But the vaccination requirements of children attending public schools prevail. Children whose parents have chosen not to give their children the usual required vaccines before enrolling them are not and should not be allowed to put other children at risk.
Until all children have the option of getting vaccinated, parents, teachers, and school administrators should be implementing guidelines to protect children from Covid to minimize the risks of infection, potential high rates of absenteeism, and school closures. Children need to be able to get back to in-class learning as soon as possible.
Politics has no place in doing what is best to control this health-threatening, life-altering, and deadly virus. Why should anyone be allowed to endanger children because it is their right not to take a vaccine or wear a mask? While each of us has the right to make that decision as we function in our own private space, we do not have the right to practice that behavior in a public place, especially our schools.
Implementing guidelines to protect our children from Covid should be put in place and strictly enforced.
You can run the risk of infecting yourself all day long, and deal with any consequences in your home and on your property. But you do not have the right to put at risk the most vulnerable among us. Our children.