Letter to the editor: School board’s masking decision wrong

Published 1:55 pm Friday, August 6, 2021

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To the editor:

I do not support the school board’s decision to make masking optional.

There was little planning and forethought that went into the decision. What I think we all agree on is that our children need to be in school and no one loves masking. Based on the need for in-person instruction, no one obviously considered, or was aware of the quarantine requirements for those children and teachers who are not vaccinated (obviously pointing out that children under 12 cannot be vaccinated and the vaccination rates in Davie County of those aged 12-18). There is no virtual school support during these quarantine periods.

We are seeing schools in Iredell County, Union County, and Mecklenburg County return to the classroom, masks optional, and within the first week having to quarantine teachers and students. This cycle will inevitably continue.  This is not a partisan argument. It’s reality.

Even though this goes down as a win for some Davie County residents, do our children really win sitting at home in quarantine for two weeks at a time only to return to school and be exposed again?

I also find it ironic that you published the week to week comparison of the Covid rates in our county and they are rapidly changing.

Lynn McDaniel,     Advance