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Updates on parent campaign to unmask our SCASD kids
Right to Know Request filed today.
Six families have contacted me since last week’s post about trying again to get the State College Area School District school board to stop forcing our kids to wear masks to access K-12 education…
even as kids in many US states have been mask-free for 18-months or more with equal or better health results and far better academic, mental health and social trust outcomes;
even after Pennsylvania voters gave the Pennsylvania legislature the power to end Governor Wolf’s “state of emergency” through a Constitutional amendment in May 2021;
even after the Pennsylvania legislature used that Constitutional power to end the “state of emergency” in June 2021;
even after Pennsylvania courts struck down the PA Secretary of Health’s unlawful attempt to continue exercising those terminated “emergency” powers, through court rulings in November and December 2021; and
even as another group of parents statewide filed a lawsuit February 8, 2022 against the PA Secretary of Education and several individual school boards, asking the courts to stop the unlawful mask mandates promulgated by email (see p. 45 of the filing) under a possible but unstated legal theory that the Secretary of Education holds “emergency” regulatory and enforcement powers separate from the Pennsylvania courts, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, the Pennsylvania Governor and the Pennsylvania legislature.
The concerned parents group will be meeting later this week to develop more specific plans for our campaign to get the SCASD school board to end the mask “mandate” in the school district and let our kids breathe freely and see each other’s faces again after two years of forced masking.
If you are a parent of a SCASD child and you want to get involved, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This morning I submitted a Right to Know request to SCASD’s Right to Know Officer, Finance and Business Director Randy Brown.
I asked for the surety bond and liability insurance documents recommended by the Bonds for the Win organizers, as follows:
The SCASD school board public official surety bond according to the Pennsylvania Statutes Title 8 P.S. Bonds and Recognizances §11.
The governing State College Area School District board blanket surety bond if the SCASD board requires the members to be bonded under a blanket bond.
The SCASD school board Errors & Omissions (E&O) policy, Directors & Officers (D&O) policy, Surety Liability Insurance policy, and the Duty of Care policy.
The SCASD school board General Obligation Bonds.
The SCASD school board general long term bond.
The SCASD school board Crime Policy.
The SCASD school board Risk Management Policy
The following SCASD school board insurance application documents, including the policy number and the insured amount of the policy: a) ACORD 125; b) ACORD 126; c. ACORD 127; d. ACORD 128
The SCASD school board Certificate(s) of Liability.
SCASD school board Public Officials and/or any other bonds pertaining to proof of liability and policies.
SCASD school board Faithful Performance Bond.
SCASD school board Fidelity Bond.
SCASD school board Public Employee Dishonesty Policy.
SCASD school board Public Employee Blanket Bond.
SCASD school board Statutory Bond.
SCASD school board Official Bond.
The power of attorney for the SCASD surety bond and/or liability coverage company.
The Blanket Bond power of attorney for the surety bond company.
The SCASD school board oath of office.
Under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, the RTK Officer has five business days to respond to RTK requests.
It’s possible that the response will be a letter from the SCASD attorney stating that there are no surety bonds, liability insurance policies or other legal contracts in place to provide financial coverage to the school district in the event that one or more school board member commits crimes or otherwise engages in unlawful acts.
If so, we’ll find out, probably by close of business next Monday, February 21.
It’s also possible that the SCASD school board will drop the masking orders in the next couple of weeks to align itself with the many states and school districts that have unmasked their kids in recent weeks.
Remains to be seen.