During the Leon County School’s agenda review meeting on Monday, Board member Rosanne Wood submitted a proposal for COVID-19 policies for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.
Mrs. Wood has previously voiced concerns about policies related to mask mandates and vaccinations. She cited concerns with reports that indicate approximately 50% of the population of Leon County have been vaccinated. She is also concerned that new variants are quite contagious.
In her proposal, Wood stated that parents, not children, should decide if their child should wear a mask if the board moves forward with a “mask-optional” policy. Wood proposed a policy that differentiates between adults, young children, and older students, that includes:
1. To protect our vulnerable children and employees, we strongly encourage all eligible employees, students, and families of school age children to get vaccinated.
2. We strongly encourage all vaccinated LCS employees and any adult who enters LCSB property to disclose their vaccination status to the building administrator.
3. All LCS employees and adults who are vaccinated are not expected to wear a mask. Unvaccinated LCS employees and adults on LCSB property are expected to wear a mask indoors.
4. Parents with children under age 12, will designate whether their child should wear a mask inside classrooms. School employees will undertake reasonable efforts to reinforce the parent’s designation.
5. School administrators will group children under 12 who are required by their parents to wear masks, when feasible and appropriate.
6. For students 12 and over, mask wearing will be directed by the parent with no expectation of enforcement by LCS employees.
The policy issue should be addressed at Tuesday’s regular school board meeting.