Parents and the school board president blasted Quakertown School District’s aggressive measures to ensure compliance with Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide mask mandate.
Following the mandate, district officials ordered school administrators to segregate students who did not have a form filled out exempting them from wearing a mask. Those students were placed in separate rooms, parked in front of computers, marked absent and excluded from lunch and recess.
“Maybe our school district should worry about educating our children instead of shaming them, alienating them by putting them in a room away from their teachers and friends like they have a disease,” thundered parent Kerry McBride, who ignored requests to mask her children. “You are scarring and scaring our children,” she continued.
Parent Madelyn Stephan claimed that maskless students were told that if they went to a classroom their teachers would stop teaching, and that athletes were prevented from playing football unless they masked up.
Board President Kaylyn Mitchell added she found it disturbing and shameful that students were segregated and left without any work. “We would never have done that last year, and we shouldn’t this year.”