The ongoing dialogue over hybrid being four versus two days is wasting precious time. Redeveloping trust will take time, and the focus needs to stay on safely implementing a full school schedule beginning in August. What is happening now is sowing division and is creating daily confusion among staff, students and families. It is also putting the health of many at risk.

School board member Liz Barrett’s “perspective” on April 20 left out some important facts. There are still teachers struggling to find vaccines, and many teachers made their own arrangements for their inoculation. Fortunately, my friends assisted me in late February, or I might not be writing this letter. I was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 8, 2021. This was more than two weeks after my second shot. School is my only gathering, so this is where I was exposed. My symptoms were unusual, and I could have exposed many if not for extensive nausea and extreme fatigue as my warning signs.

I emailed Ms. Barrett the evening of April 8, making a plea for a return to virtual instruction if things continue to spiral. My plea was ignored, and now look at the loss. Did my Spanish students deserve to lose two weeks of precious instruction as they bravely navigate a high school course? Did my sweet sixth graders, still so new to the middle school experience, deserve to miss their teacher and wonder what was wrong? Is my life less valuable than teaching at school? I guess that the Board of Education would say yes. And to quote Ms. Barrett, my experience is “a kick to public education and to the profession of teaching.” My illness stole learning time from my eager students, and I certainly hope that someone begins to listen.

Laura Aurandt


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“I was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 8, 2021. This was more than two weeks after my second shot.” Highlighting this for readers who skim and go straight to comments. So sorry teachers aren’t viewed as being at risk (1) or skilled above the level of persons with no higher education (2). Even Laura Ingalls Wilder had to take qualifying exams back in the day. Who can blame teachers for considering their options because unlike many jobs, they have them. Parents, go on subbing because you insulted the ones who actually sought the job. And you made them sick. You’ve done enough, I think.

Greg F

Add to this, there are many who feel that the second they get a shot, they're immune. Sooooo far from reality. Many have been infected after a dose and before it gave them full immunity. They likely got less sick due to at least some resistance, but not the full amount. Some 10% will get sick anyway, but overall not die or be intubated for nearly all vaccine recipients, and the vast majority won't have massive hospital bills having been vaccinated. It's not all about the virus killing you. It can incapacitate you for months or permanently, and leave you with tens of thousands in medical bills if you survive. Is it really worth not getting it for your silly little god....or because Fox and Hannity told you not to do it? I really think there needs to be a special category of Darwin Award for those like that. As for the diagnosed surely got it from someone who let their rugrat out without protection. I'd bet the farm on that.


You are the exception that proves the rule - that 90+% vaccinated are protected. No vaccine is 100% protective.

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