Frustrated with Franklin Public Schools mask requirement, parents have a powerful recourse

Many Franklin school parents are becoming more vocal in their opposition to the Franklin school district’s requirement for students and staff to wear masks. A group of parents is now exploring launching recall campaigns against members of the Franklin school board, including the appropriate procedures to follow.

Parents do not want to ban the use of masks. They are requesting that the use of masks be optional rather than mandatory.

At the last Franklin school board meeting on April 28 some residents asked that the school board schedule the mask issue on the agenda of a future meeting. They followed through with e-mails to newly elected school board president Mike Spragg. With little or no consideration, in less than 48 hours Spragg issued form letter type e-mails rejecting the requests. A similar request is expected to be made at the next board meeting this Wednesday.

For many weeks residents knew that masks would be required for the rest of the current school year. Shortly after the April school board election the district announced masks would be required for the 2021-2022 school year, which angered parents.

Franklin School District Administrator Judy Mueller is now backtracking. In a newsletter issued Friday Mueller wrote, “Regarding in-person learning for the next school year, at no time did we state that the students would be required to wear masks all year long.”

Mueller is playing a game of semantics. What is the average layperson supposed to think about an announcement that masks will be required for the 2021-2022 school year?

So far school board members have either been silent or unresponsive to calls to place this on a meeting agenda, or on the mask requirement in general. Therefore residents are now seriously considering recalling some board members.

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