Happy Third Day of School (E-mail sent on August 4th, 2021)

Good morning from East Cobb! I am following up on an email I sent Monday and Tuesday morning, to which I have received zero responses. I'm becoming very concerned that the school board's e-mail server is down. This could be the only logical reason that I haven't heard back from any one of you. 

As I was saying, as a long time resident, I am writing you this morning to plead with you to reconsider the mask policy for Cobb County schools this year. I’ve been speaking with many parents and we are stressed and saddened by the lack of consideration and communication from the board regarding the recent surge of Covid.

In case you wanted to know, I can also see the future. And in two weeks when we are all at home, virtual again, with sick kids, teachers, bus drivers and others in quarantine, I will be thinking of you and your total disregard for the health of our children and our families.

Look, we all make judgment mistakes. We all have a crazy family member spreading conspiracy theories. But we don’t let these people and/or the internet comments section guide our work decisions. Gosh, I can’t imagine if I let my dad’s view of our income tax system influence how I prepared tax returns in my job as a CPA. I’d get fired. 

Please don’t let your pride interfere with morality. It’s time to do the right thing. Even the Douglas County School Board made the call at the 11th hour to mandate masks for their school children and follow the Cobb and Douglas Department of Health guidelines. It's not too late. We will applaud you for your common sense and bravery. 

Again, it is with fear and dread, and not an ounce of happiness, that I (for the third day) send my sweet and anxious children to Middle School this morning. How can I keep them safe? I have to rely on other parents to do the right thing, and based on Monday and Tuesday, only about 1/3 of my kids' peers had parents that are concerned with community health and spread. And that is incredibly frightening.

In the meantime, I will keep myself occupied chatting with Chris Jose, from WSB news. He will be visiting me at 10:30AM for an on-camera interview regarding the negligence of the Cobb County School Board, specifically the members to whom this email is addressed.

Thank you for reading. I eagerly await your response. 

Mrs. Yoy

P.S. “They are more concerned about getting re-elected than they are about the health of me and my friends.” - 12 year-old middle school student, Big E. Even a child can understand what is happening here. 

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