The school board voted to reinstate the district’s mask mandate last month
SPARTA, Wisconsin (WKBT) – A student at Sparta Meadowview Middle School has been suspended twice for “defiance” for failing to comply with the district’s mask mandate.
The student served her second suspension last Tuesday.
Each of its suspensions lasts one day.
Her parents say if their daughter is hung up three more times for the same problem, she will be deported.
So to make sure that doesn’t happen, her mother, Misty Morales, says she’s working with the school on a compromise.
“We are not against the mask policy,” Misty said. “We are pro-choice. “
Some people don’t like being told what to do.
In the case of Misty and Eric Morales’ daughter, they say the masks are causing problems for her health and safety.
“She has asthma,” Misty said. “And that takes away the right, as who she is, to express who she is. His happiness, all his emotions.
The school board voted early last month to reinstate his mask tenure.
A statement from Superintendent Amy Van Deuren reads in part: “Since then we have worked with many families and students to discuss options to accommodate the student and follow policy or explore alternative options in the district to receive a education, including virtual instruction. “
“She’s (her daughter) not the type to learn virtually,” Misty said.
Misty says she and her husband have met with the principals and asked them to allow their daughter to go without a mask inside school buildings.
Depending on the district, families are given a full explanation of the alternatives available and are fully informed of the expectations and consequences.
“We didn’t find a compromise,” Misty said.
The Morales daughter served her first suspension last Monday for refusing to wear a mask.
But Misty says some teachers allow students to wear face masks inappropriately.
Misty says they serve detention for lunch, but in some cases they don’t get punished at all.
“There has to be some type of transparency where all students have to be taught and disciplined equally,” she said.
Misty says her daughter asked school staff to wear a mask under her nose after completing her second suspension.
“Most of them will say, ‘shoot it, shoot it,'” Misty said. “But they also said that if she is corrected too many times, she will have a lunch detention.”
Misty and Eric think masks should be optional.
“We want our own voices,” Misty said. “We need our school board to hear from the community.
But school leaders say they are listening to health experts, and so the mask’s mandate will remain in place.
Misty is running for the Sparta school board seat that Eric Solberg left last month.
She says her daughter’s suspensions weren’t the reason she decided to show up.
The Morales also have a son at Sparta High School.
They say he respects the mask policy so that he doesn’t run out of time with the football team.
The school board said the possibility of a mandate change will not arise until the vaccine is available for at least a month for young children.
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