Skip to comments.Minnesota Nurse Speaks Against Masking at Prior Lake School Board Meeting, Quits Job
Posted on 08/15/2021 4:43:46 AM PDT by george76
A school nurse spoke out against masking students at a Prior Lake school board meeting and then quit her job. In a video of the school board meeting, shared by Representative Erik Mortenson, the nurse said that what happened over the last year “goes against my beliefs and morals and against my oath as a mother and a nurse.”
The Prior Lake school nurse said that when she brought up her concerns during the 2020 school year, she had been told to “censor” her views on masking because of the “opinions” of others. “This offended me,” she shared, saying that she believes that they “failed” the children.
She said that the masking, distancing, and online learning made the children feel as if they were the problem. She said that the protocols used by the school said that the children were “responsible for the spread.”
The nurse also touched on having children wear masks during gym and recess, arguing that especially during those times masks “do more harm than good.” She expressed her frustration that “not one person” within the school’s administration would “stand up and say enough is enough.”
She said that she has loved her job, but that she could “no longer enforce the district’s policies of mask mandates, quarantines, and isolation” of students. She said she will not “harm the physical, mental, or emotional health of these children” any longer. She encouraged the administration and school board to “make the right choice” and not enforce the COVID rules any longer.
She finished her speech beseeching the board to “let the parents make the choices for the health and safety of their own children.”
An official statement from the Prior Lake school district on Thursday said that they will not be mandating masks for students at this point.
Superintendent Teri Staloch said, “We are a month away from school and we have been planning all summer and diligently looking at the data and reviewing and monitoring both what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the Minnesota Department of Health have shared with us in regards to COVID-19 guidance. Additionally, we have and will continue to monitor district, counties, and state levels closely throughout the year as part of our decision-making process in addition to our regular communication with local and state health partners sharing data for a safe return to school for students and staff this fall.”
Word salad from the superintendent. The cowards are in full CYA mode and, in the end, will continue to maskerbate.
The nurse is a true hero.
“Word salad from the superintendent. The cowards are in full CYA mode and, in the end, will continue to maskerbate.
The nurse is a true hero.”
One person —can— make a difference.
This makes me glad that I was in a position to be able to retire (a bit early, but not too). 10 years ago, I would have been in trouble.
The district I worked for requires masking for all on campus, weekly tests and COVID vaccine.
A former colleague told me someone did the same thing at the first teachers’ meeting at my former school - stood up, said her piece about masking and weekly mandated testing (was told to shut up) - walked out of the meeting, into the office and resigned on the spot. Said later she couldn’t have been happier and that a huge weight had been lifted from her shoulders. The staff is now heavily new teachers from all the retirements and resignations - I’m guessing most of them are temps. Thankless job now.
A lot of ‘health care’ institutions display signs proclaiming ‘Heroes Work Here’...I LOL every time I see one. This FORMER employee is the TRUE hero...I salute your courage, ma’am!
It sounded like she was appreciated by the parents in attendance.
As a bus driver in this school district, I can’t tell you how many times I had to tell children to have their masks washed. I had a student with Mold growing on the mask. Let’s hope the school board doesn’t mandate Masks again, kids need to see teachers faces to learn.
Good point. I remember my son going through his dirty clothes to find the cleanest dirty jeans. That was easier than actually taking his dirty clothes to the laundry.
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