While some officials at area school systems, including Fairfield and Talawanda schools, have publicly distanced themselves from any consideration of mandating vaccinations for students, some other local districts have yet to publicly proclaim their stance as clearly as Hamilton Schools.
In September, the district and school board came under sharp criticism from some school parents for its mandatory mask policy for students, which was later changed to highly recommended position on masking.
At its Oct. 28 meeting, the board endorsed the Ohio School Boards Association’s decision to resign from the National School Boards Associations in the wake of that organization’s since-retracted efforts to enlist federal law enforcement to investigate some school parents as domestic terrorists.
Sprague said “parent input is a critical component of a child’s education.”
“Over the past several months school districts and their local boards of education have been placed in positions to make many, non-traditional decisions,” he said.
Hamilton school parent Jennifer Mason told the board after Sprague’s comments: “I do appreciate that parents are actually allowed to be parents and make the decision for our own children in regard to the vaccines.”