Response from WA Superintendents to DOH

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Response From WA Superintendents to Department of Health Update.

 

 

 

 

Kettle Falls School District Family,

 

Earlier today several news media sources shared a letter to the governor regarding masking. This letter was signed by 40 different school district superintendents. Unfortunately, Kettle Falls School District was not included. It was our intent to join the other school districts; unfortunately, our signature was not added before it was sent to the governor. For those that have not seen the letter, it is included below.

 

Throughout all of this, we have sought ways to advocate for our students, our families, our staff and our community. When the governor mandated masks and OSPI threatened funding, we asked our legal counsel about their authority to do those things. When we learned that OSPI recommended to the governor that he mandate vaccinations for all of our employees, we sent a message to Superintendent Reykdal asking him to reconsider that request. We met with him over Zoom and reiterated that he rescind that request. And, again, we checked with our legal counsel to find out what authority Governor Inslee has to mandate these things. Unfortunately, we learned that the gubernatorial mandates carry the weight of law, not following them could bankrupt our district and the school board could be held personally liable.  

 

Those that have attended our recent board meetings have heard our school board talk about how they disagree with the mask mandate. We have talked about seeking support from our legislators to make changes at the State level. We have reached out to our legislators and asked them to come and talk with us. To advocate for our community. In early September, Senator Shelly Short will be meeting with our school board and a group of community members to hear our concerns, to learn our story and to be able to represent us in the upcoming legislative session.

 

We all want what is best for our students and our community. We are all in this together.     

 

Click here to see the full letter.

  

Thank you,

Michael Olsen

Superintendent

Kettle Falls School District