In further proof of its dogged determination to put magical ideology ahead of safety for students, staff, and the public, the Rapid City school board last night voted to reject the coronavirus safety policy its superintendent had put together.
As Rapid City Journal reporter Abby Wargo reported last night, Superintendent Lori Simon told the board that last year, out of 1,246 cases of coronavirus reported at Rapid City High School, “not one case was contracted at school while masks were worn.” Simon said that, as of last night, before kids were even in school, there were 36 active covid cases among students and staff, more than last year at this time.
In response to this local evidence that masks work and that covid could be spreading worse this year than last, the board voted to change the covid policy drafted by Superintendent Simon by removing the covid quarantine procedures and other mitigation strategies and replacing the statement that masks are “recommended” to say they are “voluntary“.
The board also stripped the superintendent of the authority to close school due to health concerns. If coronavirus is spreading fast and the superintendent feels the district could keep students and staff safe by closing school, the superintendent will have to seek a vote of the school board for such an emergency closure.
Radical right-wing legislators Tina Mulally and Phil Jensen spoke up during the crowded public comment period to tell the school board they’re doing a great job. Wargo reports that Jensen “thanks the board for steering in a ‘more positive direction’ and focusing on education rather than indoctrination.”
As regular observers of the Legislature know, if Phil Jensen says someone is doing a good thing, they are probably doing the opposite. Jensen himself is praising the real indoctrinators. In switching from “recommended” to “voluntary” in the mask guidance, the board lays bare its commitment to indoctrinating students in their extremist and simplistic ideology that holds a thoughtless sense of personal freedom higher than the health of the community.
The Rapid City school board is steering its students and staff straight toward more positive cases of covid-19.