Parents in Wisconsin are suing two school districts over their Covid-19 guidelines, claiming that they failed to prevent their children from getting sick.
CNN reported that Shannon Jensen filed the first lawsuit in federal court last week against the Waukesha School District, the Waukesha Board of Education, certain school board members and employees. Gina Kildahl filed a complaint against the Fall Creek School District, the board, and superintendent for refusing to follow Covid-19 guidelines per CDC recommendation. “By bringing students back to class around unmasked staff, reinstituting extracurricular activities, and allowing potentially contagious visitors and volunteers into the schools without masks, FCSD and and the BOARD threw students into a Covid-19 ‘snake pit’ creating an affirmative duty to keep their students safe from Covid-19,” Kildahl’s complaint stated.
The CDC has recommended that the staff and students wear masks when inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status. However, not all places have implemented these measures. Kidahl told CNN that her son tested positive for Covid-19 after being exposed by a student who did not wear a mask. “I am just hoping that they will start masking and take some responsibility to keep our kids safe at school.”
Jensen’s lawsuit claims the school district and board are “recklessly exposing the public.” For the current school year, the district have removed any safety requirements, including masking. Jensen claims the lack of mitigation and the delay in communication about infections put the comunity at greater risk. Since vaccines are only available to children ages 12 and up, the CDC recommends that schools implement greater layers of protection, especially for those who are unvaccinated.
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