FRANCONIA — The principle subject on the agenda for Souderton Space College Board’s Jan. 12 Finance Committee assembly was preliminary info on what is going to change into the district’s 2022-2023 price range, however the subject on the minds of a few dozen individuals within the viewers was demonstrated by the indicators they silently held up.
These indicators included messages of “Do what you promised,” “Masks selection,” “We elected leaders to steer,” and “Unmask our youngsters, academics and employees.”
Among the group wore shirts from final 12 months’s college board election marketing campaign, apparently to remind re-elected board members that the protesters had supported the profitable candidates within the elections.
Souderton Space’s authorised Well being & Security Plan recommends that masks be worn at school, however makes masking non-obligatory.
With a surge within the variety of Covid circumstances regionally and nationwide, nonetheless, the district mentioned when college resumed Jan. 3 after winter break that masks could be required for the subsequent two weeks.
The district’s Covid-19 dashboard confirmed that as of Jan. 7, 108 district college students and 20 employees members had energetic Covid circumstances.
Inclusion on the dashboard doesn’t imply the one who is contaminated acquired the virus in school, the district factors out.
Throughout the time when members of the general public got an opportunity to ask questions, one viewers member took the chance to try to lift the problem of masks by responding to an earlier assertion that many college students are taking hole years after graduating from highschool.
“If kids are taking a whole lot of hole years, it looks as if possibly they don’t have a whole lot of hope for the longer term,” the lady mentioned. “How can kids have hope for the longer term when our Well being and Security insurance policies have type of stripped them of the fun of their childhood and informed them they may get sick and die any day now?”
The query interval was just for agenda objects, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Sources Christopher Hey mentioned.
“It simply might need one thing to do with the hole years. That’s all I’m saying,” the lady mentioned. “We haven’t given them a lot hope for a future.”
District officers have beforehand mentioned the objective of Covid-related insurance policies is to maintain college students in school as a lot as potential.