Letter: Thank you to LDSB for consistent masking approach

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The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist.

Director Burra and Trustees,

I wanted to take a few moments to thank all Trustees, student Trustees, Director Burra and Senior Staff at Limestone District School Board (LDSB) for the exceptional leadership you are displaying every day in these difficult times. I do not envy the ever-changing landscape you are having to negotiate, and I am so very grateful for your tireless efforts!

While we are all aiming for the safest September re-entry possible for our schools and, by extension, the broader community, I recognize there are differing opinions on how to accomplish that – even amongst the local medical community.

I particularly wanted to thank you for your abundance-of-caution approach to extended masking to all students including Kindergarten and Primary.  You are no doubt taking heat for taking such a proactive stance, but there are so very many families who are tremendously grateful for your courage to pass this motion and to provide a consistent approach for all students in school.

It is said that hindsight is “2020.”  I suspect the measures we take to keep our communities safe that are effective may go largely unmarked; the measures we fail to take will be glaringly obvious in the rear-view mirror.

Thank you for continuing to follow the example set by KFL&A Public Health and our City Council.  Mandatory masking in public establishments in Kingston was well ahead of the Provincial requirement and KFL&A Public Health’s quick and proactive contact tracing during our nail salon outbreak was instrumental in containing and eliminating community spread.

Kingston remains a community noted across the country for its highly effective containment protocols and low infection rates. I feel very fortune to live in Kingston and for my daughter to attend school in LDSB.

My sincere thanks,

Christine Innocente

Parent of primary student in LDSB

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