Letter to the editor: Douglas County school board is ducking its job

Posted 8/31/21

The Douglas County School Board is shuffling its responsibility to make policy decisions as elected officials off onto the hapless Superintendent Wise.

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Letter to the editor: Douglas County school board is ducking its job

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The Douglas County School Board is shuffling its responsibility to make policy decisions as elected officials off onto the hapless Superintendent Wise. They don't want to vote on their mask mandate because two are running for reelection and everyone can see masking kids from preschool to sixth grade is wildly unpopular.

Over 1,000 community citizens took to the streets on Aug. 23 to rally at the Board of Education building against the mask order. They had celebrated when Mr. Wise promised at BOE meetings that students could return to school maskless. Now they felt betrayed that Wise had decided to follow Tri-County Health Department's order to mask up.

When the Douglas County commissioners voted on Aug. 19 to opt Dougco out of the TCHD mask mandate, they opened the door for the district to follow their lead and let students attend class maskless. But the next day Mr. Wise emailed parents his doubled-down response — “effective Monday, August 23, the Douglas County School District will begin to require all students in Preschool through Sixth Grade to wear face coverings in all indoor school settings.”

So that Monday a large crowd rallied for parental choice, not dictates. Parents who saw their kids miserable in suffocating masks all last year think they're more qualified to make decisions about their offspring's mental, physical and emotional health than the BOE. Also 65% of the 6,689 Dougco residents who took TCHD's survey voted no masks — “under any circumstances.”

If the BOE wants to continue forcing masks on children they must vote.

Joy Overbeck

Parker

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