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This is one of the most bizarre and ridiculous displays of Covid-19 fear that I have seen. In order to protect students who sang or played in the band, Wenatchee School District High School put children in pods. They were intended to lessen the exposure to the virus. The fact that children are the least likely to contract or pass on the virus is irrelevant. Heaven help the kid with a sousaphone or anyone who is claustrophobic. Here is how this decision was explained:
‘Wenatchee has a history of ingenuity and creative problem-solving. The music pods are an innovative mitigation solution to allow music to continue safety in our schools despite the coronavirus pandemic,’ Diana Haglund, communications director for the Wenatchee School District, told the Washington Examiner. ‘Wenatchee has award-winning music programs from our nationally-recognized Mariachi, to our acclaimed Golden Apple Marching band and our outstanding choir. Based on restrictive Washington State Department of Health Theatre and Performing Arts COVID 19 requirements, Wenatchee music teachers developed a creative mitigation method using music pods to safely allow choir and music practice to resume at Wenatchee High School.’
This decision was not about protecting the children or creativity or ingenuity. It was about ignorance about the science, paranoia, and virtue signaling.
At least the kids didn’t have to try to sing or play with masks on. Right.Published in