BY VALERIE FOX
On Thursday, February 17, the governor lifted the statewide mask mandate. I emailed our school board and the district superintendent. Jennifer Guy, as well as NMPED Sec. Kurt Steinhaus to remove the school mandate. Secretary Steinhaus emailed me, the board, and Superintendent Guy at 2:30 p.m., stating, “Mask mandate lifted for schools.” Our board has received emails from other parents asking for the mandate to be revoked. Other school districts immediately lifted the mandate and planned to meet later on other COVID-related issues. Our school board should have done the same. They continue to treat students and staff like second-class citizens. Children are at low risk from COVID, masks interfere with learning and social development, and now cause psychological abuse knowing they are treated differently from the rest of society.
Superintendent Guy told me there was a public meeting scheduled for Monday at 5:30 p.m. Others on social media say Tuesday. We now need to publicly hear from our board on masks and clarify the actual time of a meeting for other COVID-related matters.