Tonight I testified before the Franklin School Board. Here’s a transcript:
My name is Kevin Fischer. I’ve been a Franklin resident since 1992. I’ve built two new homes here meaning I’ve paid my fair share of property taxes in nearly 30 years, most of which has supported our public schools.
My daughter currently attends Forest Park Middle School and loves the school, her teachers, and fellow classmates. Overall I find the school district to be a very good one, but it is not without warts.
Recently the district announced it would not only continue requiring masks for the remainder of this school year, but would also require them during the 2021-2022 school year, even though the Governor’s mask mandate was shot down by the state Supreme Court.
The district made its mask proclamation with no prior public notice. There was no survey taken of parents. There was no public hearing. There was no vote taken by the school board.
If nothing changes, one year from now our kids will still be forced to wear masks in school. That’s insane.
When does this madness end? When you folks wake up some day and arbitrarily decide it’s over? Three months from now? Six months? A year, a year and a half, two years? When?
The obsession with masks is ridiculous. At a Franklin Common Council meeting last July the city’s own health director, Courtney Day said and I quote:
“Masks by themselves do not prevent anything. The best practice is to make sure you’re washing your hands and staying physically distant from someone. By and large there are far, far, far many things that people do that are a little bit riskier when they’re wearing masks because they forget about washing their hands or they get hot so they pull it down or pull it up, or they wear it around their ear or take it off with their hands and then lick their hand, all sorts of things that you’re not thinking about because you think the mask keeps me safe.”
The jury is still out on just how effective masks really are. But we do know the damage mask requirements can inflict, both physically and mentally. Requiring children to wear masks is cruel and unnecessary and it needs to stop ASAP.
Parents are frustrated. Kids are frustrated. Unfortunately our society is now filled with COVID hypochondriacs. We as citizens have also become slaves to unelected bureaucrats who seem to relish their newfound ability to control. And we’ve had enough. For many, requiring masks until possibly June of 2022 was the final straw.
One of my biggest frustrations with living here in Franklin has been the refusal of every single school board since I’ve been a resident to comprehend that the school district works for you, not the other way around. So I’m respectfully challenging you to think and act outside the box for a change. Do it, not for the system or the district, but for the people you truly represent, Franklin parents and students.
Stand up for them. Stand up to the district and say the lengthy extension of the mask mandate is wrong. It’s an absurd overreach.
You can do this if you have the courage. If changes need to be made, then make them. Get rid of the mask requirement. Make it voluntary. Then if people want to wear them they can. That would be a win-win situation.
Know this. There’s a movement building momentum across the state. Parents and students who feel they’re being oppressed are telling their elected school representatives in no uncertain terms these stringent restrictions have gone too far for too long. Hopefully you’ll hear, you’ll listen, and take the proper measures, not for the district, but for the parents and their children. Because they are your top priority.
Thank you for your time and your consideration.