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Jeremy Fischer said in his guest column in the BDN on Feb. 23 that parents are their kids’ experts. As a school nurse, I mostly agree. But has Fischer worked in a school during the pandemic?
Does Fischer realize that schools in Maine are suffering staff shortages? If the increased COVID-19 exposure to staff — many of whom are older and have health challenges — seems to matter so little to school policymakers, then I for one will stay home.
I think Fischer’s thinking fails to take into consideration how much staff have already endured and how much universal masking is appreciated by us. The kids are doing fine with masks. Each school has school nurses and a medical director. As the school health overseers, shouldn’t they be the main drivers of mask policy?
Little Deer Isle