Harford Co. officials face calls to resign over mask policy for unvaccinated students in the marching band
BEL AIR, Maryland – Maryland State Delegates Lauren Arikan and Kathy Szeliga are calling for the resignation of Harford County School Principal Sean Bulson and County Health Officer David Bishai.
Delegates accuse the two officials of publicly discriminating and humiliating students of parents who have chosen not to immunize their children.
Specifically, the criticism is directed against a school policy that requires unvaccinated members of the school marching band to wear masks in order to participate in the July 4th parades.
“By forcing these students to wear PPE and masks in the July heat, just to participate with the marching band in the July 4 outdoor parades, things have gone over the line. county, ”the delegates wrote.
Jillian Lader, communications manager for Harford County Public Schools, responded to WMAR-2 News with the following statement.
“In recognition of the positive impact of the vaccine, as well as the risk of increased transmission of the virus through aerosols when playing wind instruments, HCPS worked with the Harford County Department of Health to support the marching band’s participation in the July 4th parades. “
Lader confirmed that students not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks, just as they have throughout their time playing instruments at school during the pandemic. She added that these same students may need to be quarantined if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Regarding the PPE mentioned by delegates, Lader said the school system would shift from marching band members using windbag-type PPE to bell covers instead.
Currently, fully vaccinated students are allowed to participate without their masks and without quarantine unless they experience symptoms.
According to Lader, parents receive a COVID-19 acknowledgment letter and must sign for students to participate.
Arikan and Szeliga closed their statement by urging their constituents to join calls for Bulson and Bishai’s resignation.
“Harford County is not the place for anyone to take a leadership position and think this is acceptable policy for our students.” We hope the community will join us in calling for their immediate resignation so that our county can find more suitable candidates for these positions better reflect the values of Harford County. ”