COVID-19 has made the past almost two years extremely challenging for the entire world. We are facing never-before seen issues from this global pandemic. The effect on individuals and our society is yet to be fully understood while the role of government in our daily lives is being questioned.
I have been concerned with the conflicting reports from presumed experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who told us that after vaccines were available masks would no longer be needed, the spread of disease would diminish, and the pandemic would end. The latest recommendation from the same experts is to wear masks as the disease is still spreading and to get a third shot as a booster.
I am particularly concerned about our children. St. Charles County school districts are inconsistent with COVID-19 requirements. In my opinion, the science doesn’t back mandates from certain schools. Wearing a mask? Contract tracing? Quarantines? None of these things consistently follow sound science!
I would like to remind everyone that the County Council had no authority over the school districts to dictate mandates or quarantine. The Council passed Resolution No. 21-02 in May, affirming that “the St. Charles County Council has no authority to regulate school districts, that authority being reserved to each school district’s elected school board and the State of Missouri, and has not issued any mask mandates, or contact tracing or quarantine orders to school districts.”
It is my hope, as a County Council member and resident of St. Charles County, that kids can go to school this year in a healthy mental environment without unnecessary restrictions that will affect their well-being.