On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law. This law
provides $1.9 trillion dollars to assist in recovery from the COVID-19 debacle, and $122
billion dollars of this money is allocated to state education agencies and school districts.
The money for the schools will be provided via the American Rescue Plan Elementary
and Secondary School Relief (“ARP ESSER”) Fund.
In order to qualify for funding, school districts and community schools must post a
“Safe Return to In-Person and Continuity of Services Plan” on their websites by June 24
2021. The school plan must include information about the extent to which the school or
school system intends to address Centers for Disease Control Guidance in these areas:
universal and correct wearing of masks
physical distancing (e.g. including use of cohorts/podding)
handwashing and respiratory etiquette
cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities including improving ventilation
contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with
the state, local, territorial, or tribal health departments
diagnostic and screening testing
efforts to improve vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students
The school or school system is required to review and revise its plan if necessary at
least every 6 months through September 30, 2023. Apparently the federal government
and the schools intend to be engaged in COVID management for at least another 26
months. This is not going to end anytime soon.1
The Pickerington School System in Central Ohio consists of two high schools, two junior
high schools, seven elementary schools, a preschool, and an alternative school. The
system reports that about 10,600 students are enrolled at this time.2 The school system
recently received $6,183,229.20 in ARP ESSER Funding.3 According to the school
system’s online plan, here is what Pickerington parents and their children can look
forward to for the 2021-22 school year:4
The school system plans to “…follow mandates/requirements required by the
Governor, Ohio/Franklin Department of Health, and Ohio Department of
Education. These mandates/requirements may affect any/all proposed courses of
Masks will be optional but will be made mandatory if the Governor so orders.
Physical distancing is not possible with a return to in-person learning, but
“…frequent hand-washing, cleaning, and maintaining healthy facilities, and other
mitigation protocols” will remain.
“…please also be advised that we do not know to what extent Franklin County
Public Health will still be enforcing quarantine protocols for COVID exposure
during the 2021-2022 school year. The District therefore urges families to
consider this as decisions are made about whether to wear masks or get
vaccinations for the 2021-2022 school year.”
Links and resources for vaccination are provided for both staff and students.
Contact tracing is alive and well in the Pickerington school system. If a student, teacher,
or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school nurse will submit information
about the “case” to the Franklin County Public Health Department. The principal will be
notified so that he/she can start identifying close contacts, defined as anyone who was
within 6 feet for 15 minutes cumulative or longer 48 hours prior to the onset of
symptoms. If the person who tests positive has no symptoms then the 48 hours starts
on the date that the test took place.
There’s more. The principal is also supposed to identify any classrooms that the
“positive person” was in and confirm the setup of the classroom, which should
configured for all students to remain three feet apart. If this is the case, then the
affected individuals qualify for “modified quarantine.” Modified quarantine means that
the students can come to school as long as they wear masks covering their mouths and
noses at all times. The only extracurricular activity allowed during the quarantine is
Additionally, the principal is supposed to provide a list of close contacts to a staff person
who creates a spreadsheet, which is used to take attendance and to note days that
students who do not qualify for modified quarantine are supposed to be absent. This
staff member is also supposed to call each close contact to notify these contacts that
they have been “exposed,” and are ordered to quarantine. A “Close Contact” email is to
be sent as a follow-up.
All school families and staff are to be notified via email that a “case” has been identified
in the building. A “class/activity letter” is sent to all students who have classes or
activities with the person identified as a “case.” It is noted that due to HIPAA rules
close contacts cannot be told who the “case” is.5
If this seems excessive, remember that this school system has received over six million
dollars, part of which is to perpetuate this type of COVID nonsense.
The state of New York is receiving $9 billion dollars in ARP ESSER funds and its plan
includes expanded access to vaccines for staff and students.6 This is frightening
because many states have enacted the Mature Minor Doctrine, which allows minors to
make their own decisions about healthcare if they are deemed “mature enough” to do
so. Washington State allows this, and according to its guidelines, the “medical services”
that can be provided without parental consent include vaccinations. Healthcare
providers determine if the minor meets the criteria, and this is a subjective decision.7
The bottom line: There will be very few safe schools in the U.S. to which you can send
your children during the 2021-2022 school year. Masks are a small part of the master
plan to destroy the emotional and mental health of children. In fact, since masks have
become such a big issue, many school officials have cleverly stated that masks will not
be required during the coming school year. But I’m willing to bet that no school systems
have disclosed to parents the full extent of their COVID management strategies which
are concerning with or without masks; and which allow for masks to be mandated for
students exposed to anyone who tests positive with one of the fake tests, or for the
entire student body if the government demands it.
A growing collection of stories in which COVID-related policies have resulted in abuse of
children as young as five years of age shows that many school officials and teachers are
willing to do anything they are told to do by government and health officials – even if it
harms the children for whom they are supposed to be responsible.
Parental pressure is not likely to make much difference, as long as millions of dollars
are flowing from Washington D.C. to school system bank accounts, and those receiving
these funds have abdicated their responsibility to families and the communities they
used to serve.
Note: Parents will have very difficult decisions to make concerning the
2021/2022 school year within the next few weeks and we intend to provide
assistance and resources. For information email email@example.com
5 Procedure for reporting COVID cases. https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/wpcontent/
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