Student Safety First Candidates Focus on Science-Based Covid Precautions


EK Guyre and John Johnson, Democratic candidates for the Delaware Valley School Board, announced the creation of the Safety First student roster, joining the new candidate in writing, Meg Rosenfeld.

Their main goal is to protect the school community through science-based Covid precautions.

“In an age of anti-science rhetoric and a school board that prioritizes politics and votes over the health and well-being of the community, the Student Safety First candidate list s “is committed to keeping our amazing public schools safe and open – by making decisions guided by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and scientists and educators in our community,” they said in a joint statement.

Guyre and Johnson won the Democratic primary. Rosenfeld will encourage people to write on his behalf on election day, November 2.

In a recent agitated DV school board meeting, people opposing the wearing of masks by students at school successfully shouted a proposal that they should be worn for the first two weeks of class due to of the highly contagious Delta variant causing an increase in cases locally. Before classes began, however, the governor demanded that all people wear masks inside school buildings statewide. On September 9, the day of a working session of the DV school board, the anti-masks continued the fight with a demonstration near the school. School board member Jack O’Leary resigned that evening, less than two years into his four-year term, without explaining why (see related story on page 2).

Rosenfeld has a background in early childhood education and administration. A parent of four district-schooled children, she is currently homeschooling her two youngest children, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, due to what she says are unsafe conditions in schools – “conditions created by the current DVSD board. “

“She believes that compassion, ethics and critical thinking are fundamental to policymaking,” the listing said. “Meg’s commitment to justice and advocacy has led her to become a certified Pennsylvania victim attorney and paralegal, where she tirelessly advocates for our most vulnerable communities.

Johnson has a master’s degree in psychology and is a certified and licensed behavior analyst specializing in autism spectrum disorders. A resident of Pike County since 2005, he returned to the area to help his parents, the owners of the popular restaurant Ray -N-Charles. Currently employed at the Center for Discovery, he also runs a local private practice. Johnson has three children in elementary, middle and high school in the district. It is supported by Delaware Valley Action! and local Democratic clubs.

EK Guyre graduated from the University of East Stroudsburg with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She volunteers in the community and gives of her time to Delaware Valley Action !, the Delaware Township Democratic Committee and the Pike County Democratic Committee, all of which supported her candidacy.

“All three nominees look forward to leading a strong race and encouraging participation from our community, as they seek to change the face of the board – bringing ethics, transparency and well-being to our community on the DVSD board, ”he said. said the statement.

There are several incumbents on the board whose terms end at the end of December – Jessica Decker, vice-chair of the board; Pam Lutfy; Félicia Sheehan; and Rosemary Walsh – with the additional position left open by O’Leary’s resignation.

For more information on Student Safety First, email Campaign Committee Chair Erica Manney at [email protected] or visit facebook.com/studentsafetyfirst.

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