My wife Jennifer also spoke at Wednesday night’s Franklin School Board meeting where parents and students again requested the mask mandate in schools be changed to optional. Jennifer’s theme was assumed risk.
Show of hands, please: No judgement, just a simple survey.
In the last year who has…
Gone outside without wearing sunblock?
Ridden a bike or motorcycle without a helmet?
Participated in sports?
Eaten sushi, a steak cooked only to medium temperature, or Caesar salad?
If you’ve eaten at a restaurant and looked at the menu, The consumer warning clearly states, “Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.”
Driven in a car?
Do you know what it means to “assume the risk” of an activity? Many activities involve an element of risk. Some are inherent to the activity undertaken such as sky diving. However, people undertake tasks every day that are less threatening than sky diving. These tasks also require assumption of some inherent risk, despite all exercised due care. Few activities we undertake involve greater risk than simply driving an automobile. We risk mechanical failure, road defects, the negligence of other drivers and our own inattention.
From: Monsees & Mayer Trial Attorneys website
When our family traveled to Walt Disney World this past March, signs were displayed everywhere with the following reminder:
“We have taken enhanced health and safety measures – for you, our other guests, and cast members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are espe8ically vulnerable.
By visiting Walt Disney World, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.”
As parents we literally assume multiple risks for our children every day we send them to school, starting with the ride there. Then for 8 hours, they could encounter any of the following:
A gym class injury
Tripping & falling on the stairs
Choking at lunch
Tech Ed equipment injury
We don’t send them to school in bubble wrap, we just know that there is by the nature of attending school, a chance that your child MIGHT get hurt. And quite frankly I believe that THOSE risks are far greater than any of them catching or spreading COVID by not wearing a mask.
Finally, I close with a tweet that was shared on Facebook recently: