Teacher resigns from position in response to mask mandate
A Kansas City-area teacher resigns his teaching position at a local district to take up homeschooling due to the mask mandate in the district where he taught. Josiah Enyart believes the flu is a "bigger health concern" for his kids than COVID-19.
josiah injured has been teaching elementary school for years. He told me that although he did have concerns with some curriculum, he was planning to teach at Shawnee mission again this year, but the district's decision to require masks for all students change that. I don't think the kids needed them. And so I was looking forward to them going and having a normal year and being able to be kids and and learn can't imagine one of first graders thinking when they look up seeing a teacher not wearing a mask and they have to wear one. Um, so that was really the big thing that that pushed me out in your calls. The flu. A quote bigger health concern for his kids than covid. Doctors with K. U. Health maintained that covid 19 and influenza are completely different viruses and carry very different risks. Specifically multi system inflammatory syndrome and long haul covid symptoms. Neither occur with the flu As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your kids, but we take risks every day. You know, I drive in a car, we could get hit by somebody else in a car. So I don't want to stop my kids from living. I don't want to stop my kids from Growing naturally healthy, injured resigned at the end of July days after Shawnee Mission School Board voted to require masks for elementary school students, he was assessed a $1,000 liquidation fee. The district says he's one of 24 teachers who resigned after the May 31 deadline to do so. Four of those teachers fees were waived, which is common in the case of a move or illness in your requested his Phoebe waved but the board denied that a go fund me page was created to help cover that cost and people donated more than $27,000 in your will use some of that money to buy materials to teach his Children and others in his home. He's one of many parents who have made a similar decision during the pandemic last year, I heard a lot of parents saying I'm just doing it for one year and I'm hearing different stories this year, it's more, I'm gonna, I'm gonna pull them and I'm gonna, I'm not sure that I'm ever going to go back Jacqueline Walters is with midwest parent educators, a local group that supports parents who choose to homeschool. She says the uptick in home schooling comes from parents wanting more say in their Children's education. I also know that some parents just felt like, again, they weren't being heard and wanted to make sure that they were allow allowing their Children to not have to wear a mask if the child and or parent wished them not to have to. I guess in Kansas home schoolers have to register as non accredited private schools. The Kansas Department of Education says for the 2020 2021 school year, more than 1000 new registrations were made in that category statewide