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FCPS - Say NO! to Vax or Test to Play

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We oppose policies which require proof of vaccination or forced testing in order to participate in extra curricular activities in Frederick County Public Schools (Maryland). These activities are essential to the school experience for many children and coercing them to take a vaccine or forcing them to disclose their confidential health information by testing is wrong. We feel this decision was made without adequate public input and without adequate discussion and evaluation of all the facts. Our children are suffering because of this policy. Our children could face life long consequences of this policy as many of our student athletes and performers rely on their participation in these activities to help them attain scholarships or entrance into other organizations.

We know that the shots do not prevent infection or prevent people from spreading it. We know that weekly testing is not going to stop the spread because rapid tests aren't being utilized and students will still be engaging with others while awaiting test results. We believe this policy is discriminatory by segregating unvaxed students and also because it doesn't appear to apply to coaches or spectators, referees, etc. Children are participating in sports and performances all over this country - approrpriately unmasked and FCPS's own data does not indicate that this policy is necessary.

Please rescind this policy. The Board needs to devote adequate time to hearing public comments and hearing actual evidence presented by a variety of experts. The Board also needs to fully address all concerns regarding the exclusion of students including those with religious or medical exemptions as well as concerns regarding medical privacy and division among the students.

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