In the times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, schools need to ensure the safety of both students and the community. While, for the most part, this has been successful, there is one detail that needs to be addressed: sheer ignorance by the masses. First, I will state my concerns and their implications. Then, I will give my proposal to (hopefully) solve this situation at DSHS.
Now, what am I talking about? Well, for the past few months, I have observed many students not wearing their masks appropriately, in the sense that they don’t wear masks over their entire faces. This is most certainly intentional, and it just comes to show that many don’t know the gravity of the situation. Lives are literally on the line, and people who violate public safety don’t seem to understand this.
However, what’s also shocking is how anti-maskers have repeatedly been able to get away with safety violations. In almost all of the cases I have seen, they were not even called out for their violations. Nobody around even said a thing. This exposes the lack of willingness to enforce rules and is an evident flaw in the school’s management of COVID-19 guidelines.
This leads to my proposal: create harsher punishments for those caught violating safety rules. Do they want to violate mask rules? Detention it is. They repeatedly violate safety rules, suspend them from in-person learning. The current guidelines don’t seem to be curbing the ignorance of people, so make them understand that their actions are taken seriously. Make them understand that what they are doing is unacceptable. Now that more contagious variants of the Coronavirus have arrived in America, protections against the virus are needed more than ever.
People may say that harsher rules are ethically wrong. They are not. In comparison, lives take much precedence over the opinions of people. Connecting to the reason behind my proposal, it must be commonly understood that mask-wearing and other rules are not a game. As I said, it’s not a matter of control, it’s a matter of public safety.
By Alec Stuart, News Editor
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