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When paediatrician Dr. Tracie Newman ran for a seat on the school board last year, thecounty health officer won by a landslide. At the time, fellow Fargo parents eagerly voted for the healthcare provider, considering her necessary expertise amid the -19 pandemic.
But local families have since changed their tune,to unseat Dr. Newman in light of her suggestion that students wear masks at school, the reports. She is one of four board members currently facing a recall due to differing opinions on Covid protocols.
Half of parents think all children should have to wear masks at school
Half of K-12 parents want all students masked in the classroom, according to new polling from Gallup, while 11% say that mask mandates should only apply to unvaccinated students. Similarly, 48 percent of parents want all teachers and staff masked, while 38 percent want no teachers masked and 13 percent want mandates only for unvaccinated teachers.Mask requirements are part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for school reopening, along with physical distancing, ventilation, quarantines for sick students, and regular COVID-19 testing.
Despite Newman having received a Hero Award from Sanford Health, the hospital system for which she works, as well as a YMCA nomination for Woman of the Year just some months ago, fellow Fargo residents have deemed the doctor untrustworthy due to her support for masking indoors.
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“People are questioning my motives and my ability as a paediatrician,” Newman told the journal. “That’s never happened to me in my professional life.” Indeed, parents have collected at least 3,000 signatures in support of recalling Dr. Newman come January.
People are so publicly angry with Newman’s guidance that she’s started using discreet back doors to join school-board meetings, desperate to avert irate community members — some of whom even sent an image of Newman unmasked at a gala to the local paper, alleging it demonstrated her hypocrisy.
Face masks MUST be brought back in secondary schools
Professor Christina Pagel, who is also a maths expert at University College London, called for face masks to be brought back in schools 'now' during a briefing at the Royal Society of Medicine.Guidance saying children should wear coverings in classrooms was dropped in mid-May as part of ending lockdown restrictions.
Since the school board voted 6-3 to adopt Dr. Newman’s pro-mask position, Newman has received various ominous voicemails accusing the doctor of being bribed by mask manufacturers, with some threatening to ruin her career. Newman is understandably frightened, especially with three children enrolled in the school district that’s turned against her. “That lack of anonymity, I’m aware of it all the time,” she said.
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Sanford pediatrician Dr. Tracie Newman shares tips to help teens cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.— Sanford Health (@SanfordHealth)
“At first, it was arguing with my guidelines. Then it was disagreeing with the data I was using,” she recalled. “Now, the third and ugliest stage is people attacking my integrity.”
Newman says that, at times, she is unsure whether or not she actually wishes to stay on the board. But she remains motivated by the desire to keep school children safe.
“I want to do what’s best for kids.”
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