By Dr. James H. Birkholz
No man is an island. – John Donne
It is readily apparent that the Cornwall-Lebanon School Board of Directors/Trustees and superintendent are not familiar with the works of Mr. Donne.
When I walked through the doors at the Cornwall-Lebanon School Board meeting on Aug. 16, 2021, the prevailing board sentiment was clear even before I sat down. Neither the superintendent nor a single board member wore a mask. This, despite data proven increases in cases of COVID-19 variants throughout our nation, Texan hospitals exceeding capacity, and other schools already demonstrating significant spread of disease in absence of masking requirements.
The decision of Dr. Philip L. Domencic and the Cornwall-Lebanon School Board trustees to make masking optional within a partially vaccine ineligible population was not based on scientific, peer reviewed literature or consideration of national recommendations.
Though the Health and Safety Plan references a “District Pandemic