OPINION

O.C.P.S. REFUSES PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR STUDENTS

By MARSHALL SWANSON

 

    With the recent reopening of Baldwin Park Elementary school, parents concerned about students' exposure to the coronavirus held a fundraiser with the Bobcat Fund to support raising money for the school  to purchase air purifiers for the classrooms. The Board of Directors for the foundation, the Bobcat Fund, states that they voted to purchase 130 air purifiers for the classroom. Nevertheless, Orange County Public Schools, led by Teresa Jacobs (right) and Superintendent Barbara Jenkins (left), told to the principal that the purifiers would be restricted for the school and that they must refuse the delivery.

 

    In a statement to Channel 6 News, Rene Burke, the media promotions manager for Orange County Public schools, said that “in order to ensure equity throughout the district, the district has an approved personal protective equipment package of products for use in every school and classroom. Any items not on the approved PPE list must go through an approval process.” Some parents disagree, calling it a local issue. In addition, not every school in the district is the same. Some schools, like Baldwin Park Elementary, are older and possess dated systems not up to modern standards. The school was built in 2007, while many others were built in 2014 and later.

 

    Sadly, the school district thinks they know better about how to manage children’s lives than their own parents do. Shouldn’t this be a local issue?

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