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Parent questions mask enforcement

Submitted Photo Detail of a conceptual drawing of a mural Alicyn Emley, Frewsburg student, will be painting on an upstairs wall at the high school this spring. The mural continues the long-standing tradition at Frewsburg of allowing senior students to paint murals on the walls in the high school.

FREWSBURG — The parent of a student at Robert H. Jackson Elementary School in the Frewsburg Central School District has questioned the enforcement by teachers and administrators to make sure children are wearing their masks appropriately and when necessary.

During a meeting of the Frewsburg Central School Board, a parent who didn’t provide his name, said his son is being bullied and teased because he tells other children to wear their masks. The father said it isn’t his son’s job, but that is the teacher’s and school administrator’s responsibility. The father said his wife and himself want their child in school and don’t want him learning remotely.

The child also spoke to the board stating that he is concerned because he doesn’t want to get infected with COVID-19 and possibly pass it on to his family.

After the pair addressed the board, Shaun Laska, Frewsburg Faculty Association president, said it has been a difficult time to operate a school during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said all of the teachers and administrators are doing their best to keep the children and everyone else as safe as possible.

In other business:

¯ Shelly O’Boyle, Frewsburg superintendent, presented a COVID-19 update to the board. She said the core beliefs for the administrators and teachers at the school is that safety is of the utmost importance and that students should be physically present in school. She added school officials are practicing social distancing with no desks less than 3 feet apart, with the majority 6 feet apart.

O’Boyle said school officials are following a strict process of disinfecting; exceeding the necessary ventilation requirements; ensuring everyone is wearing a mask properly; making rapid testing available to students, teachers and faculty with symptoms; and following contact tracing procedures. She said operating the school during the pandemic has been challenging, especially with guidance and procedures from the state consistently changing on a regular basis.

¯ The board also heard from Alicyn Emley, a Frewsburg student, who will be creating a mural on the upstairs new hallway wall this spring. She said the mural will depict a young student looking into a mirror seeing her older self in a graduation gown. The mural will also include a quote from Henna Sohail stating, “See the world through the eyes of your inner child. The eyes that sparkle in awe and amazement as they see love, magic and mystery in the most ordinary things.”

The mural continues the long-standing tradition at Frewsburg of allowing senior students to paint murals on the walls in the high school.

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