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Seatbelts and face masks both ignite community debate

| February 24, 2021 2:05 AM

Remember the comments regarding the campaign during the 60’s and the 70’s, “Seat Belts Save Lives”? There were two sides to the issue; the debate often became heated. However, “buckling up” soon became an accepted habit for most families as a result of the partnership of educators and Washington State Patrol.

The recent decision made by the Bigfork School Board (passed by the male board members), that the staff and students will no longer be required to wear masks, was not based on scientific data.

The education of Bigfork students needs to be top priority of the school board during this time. That includes the health and safety of both staff and students to be able to continue in-person learning, now and in the future.

The Bigfork School Board of Trustees can show they care by taking time to meet with Flathead County Health Board Director to be educated on what steps should be taken to continue in-person instruction and to prioritize the health and safety for the staff and students. They could also request that the staff have access to current vaccine for shots, immediately.

— JoLynn Yenne,

Formerly of Bigfork