Prescott’s parents worried about the district’s COVID-19 waiver | Arizona State Schools
PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Several parents in the Prescott Unified School District are concerned about the district’s commitment to a safe learning environment after receiving a waiver from the district last week putting the responsibility on parents for any COVID-related issues.
“They know it’s wrong,” said Tom Potter, parent of PUSD. “Otherwise, they wouldn’t have sent this.
There is currently no vaccine or mask warrant in place in Prescott schools. So, for some parents, getting that piece of paper that said “I assume all the risks and dangers associated with my child’s in-person school attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic” sounded like recognition that school does. in fact not enough.
“This pretty much guarantees that there will be outbreaks of COVID out there,” Potter said. “And I think they know that and they’re trying to cover themselves up roughly.”
“You have kids in combined places and lots of kids,” added PUSD another parent, David Moore. “It’s kind of a Petri dish for the whole school system over there.”
Moore has a son in Prescott High School. When he got the district waiver, he immediately thought back to the conversations the two had had about what was going on at school. “
“We don’t really see any indications of social distancing and metrics across halls and classrooms,” Moore said.
At a city education panel last week, District Superintendent Joe Howard promoted vaccines for high school students. He also says the district is working on a color-coding system to make it easier for all parents in the district to know how safe each specific school is.
“We’re trying to help people, we’re trying to communicate better and more generally with that,” Howard said. “I think we have a lot of opportunities to look at much more local measures – classrooms and schools – and I think that will help.”
But with the increase in cases not only in Yavapai County but statewide, Moore is not convinced better times are ahead.
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“They may be trying to take a lot of these steps, but I’m not convinced that they are actually taking these steps.” Moore said.
The Arizona family reached out to Howard for his opinion on the waiver sent by the Prescott Unified School District. We haven’t had a response yet.
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