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Letter: How bad does it have to get?

I could not help but notice the difference in COVID-19 mitigation strategy after SB 1278 went into effect. When the board members could be found personally liable for poor COVID-19 decisions, there was a mask mandate. Once SB 1278 raised the evidentiary bar for liability to all but impossible, the mask mandate was ended and not restarted. Probably just a coincidence…

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I am the parent of two elementary children currently registered with West Fargo Public Schools for the 21-22 school year. Could you please provide information on how to un-register or policies for transferring out of WFPS for 21-22?

I am not sure I am comfortable with the safety of my children in WFPS elementary schools, since we live in area without herd immunity to COVID-19, and our children, along with 100% of the other students in the school, are currently unable to be vaccinated. Since WFPS will not mandate masks, the protection of masks will decrease as more students forgo wearing them. Since WFPS will not contract trace, how will I even know if they may have a close contact with someone positive for COVID-19?

Superintendent Beth Slette’s column in the West Fargo Pioneer on Aug. 11 stated that WFPS will comply with mask mandates from the local public health department, presumably Cass County Public Health. CCPH cannot mandate masks, and they have recommended masks be required, just like the CDC. If you are not listening to local public health experts or national experts, who are you listening to?

Without tying masks to the recommendation of CCPH, the CDC, how can I be confident that the WFPS School Board is prioritizing student safety above having to deal with potential parent complaints and meeting disruptions if masks were mandated?

I could not help but notice the difference in COVID-19 mitigation strategy after SB 1278 went into effect. When the board members could be found personally liable for poor COVID-19 decisions, there was a mask mandate. Once SB 1278 raised the evidentiary bar for liability to all but impossible, the mask mandate was ended and not restarted. Probably just a coincidence…

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Lastly, before I make my final decision on whether WFPS is safe enough for my children, what is the gating criteria the School Board will use to decide to ever mandate masks again? Is it a certain percentage of students overall testing positive? Or is it just the percent hospitalized? If the ICU is currently full? Or only at 95% full? Maybe 80%? I think this is a fair question that deserves a fully transparent answer from the School Board before it ever occurs.

If you could please send my questions along to the School Board, that would be greatly appreciated. I would like the disenrollment information though.

PS - Since science is no longer trusted by district leadership will science classes still be offered?

Ryan Skorheim lives in West Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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