Strong Students--Gaston County

Please join me in telling the Gaston County School Board: 

1. No to ON CAMPUS COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing of unvaccinated students and staff. This practice creates 2 classes of people and is discriminatory based on personal medical decisions. 

2. NO to mask mandates--Let the parents decide and sign a waiver if they don't want their child in a mask all day. 

If this is news to you here is the backstory:

The Gaston County School Board has the NC Department of Health & Human Services StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12) on the agenda for the meeting on July 27, 2021. This "toolkit" recommends:

1. On campus COVID screening and diagnostic tests for unvaccinated students based on participation in "high risk" activities such as band, sports and chorus. The recommendations also include general screening tests for the unvaccinated based on community transmission rates. The tests could be as frequent as twice per week.

The State of NC will fund the nursing staff to administer these tests at every school in Gaston County IF THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM. This is a disaster that will result in false positive tests and kids missing school and other activities for 14 days every time they test positive. 

2. Universal masking of both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff. 

****Links to the "toolkit" and the testing program are below:



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