Keep Masks Optional in East Helena Schools
We, the Concerned Citizens and Parents of the East Helena School District urge the East Helena School Board to maintain masking as optional only in East Helena Schools for the 2021-2022 School Year and oppose any vote supporting mandates to that end.
Whereas; according to the CDC no children between the ages of 0-17 have died from Covid-19 in Montana.
Whereas; according to PENN State Health News, "Social isolation during the pandemic can push youngsters with underlying mental health issues "over the edge".
Whereas; according to Penn State Health News, "suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 in the United States."
Whereas; Governor Greg Gianforte and Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen have urged our Montana superintendents and trustee's to keep masking, "optional, voluntary and a family choice."
Whereas; many of our own children have suffered greatly do to Covid-19 related mandates in the past year.
Whereas; Our East Helena Board Members must remember their oath of service to the citizens of this community and not to the CDC, Lewis & Clark Public Health or any other outside organization serving outside interests separate of the individuals in this district.