Virginia’s Loudoun County School Board heard it all from an irate parent who can no longer tolerate the policy of keeping its students out of schools amid the pandemic.
Former Virginia 10th District Republican nominee, Aliscia Andrews, shared footage on Twitter, which has since become viral.
Andrews, a Marine veteran, shared the footage on Tuesday night with the caption, “As a parent, this pandemic has brought forth some incredible challenges. This dad has had enough; we all have. No real metrics to safely open the schools, while the [school board] continues to kick the can further down the road. Many parents feel just as he does. #LCPS #openschools[.]”
A masked dad was seen in the video addressing the school board.
The man began, “You should all be fired from your day jobs because if your employers knew that you were more inefficient than the DMV, you would be replaced in a heartbeat.” He claimed to have just finished a conference call to address the board, calling them “cowards” hiding behind the children. He said that the statistics show a vast majority isn’t at risk from the virus.
Fueling anger, the parent started yelling.
“The garbage workers who pick up my freaking trash risk their lives every day more than anyone in this school system!
Figure it out! Or get off the podium!” screamed the dad. He then left the podium and the stunned board members in dead silence.
Moments later, an unnamed woman was heard saying, “I’m gonna allow staff to make sure that, um, the podium and microphone had been — “The dad made a comment to which the woman asked him to leave the boardroom.
According to WTOP-TV, the school board is set to vote on a plan to resume personal schooling for pre-K to fifth grade no later than February 16, including the parents who chose hybrid learning for their children.
The outlet reported, “If approved, middle and high schoolers whose parents have already opted into the model would return to classrooms for two days per week by March 3.
A surge in COVID-19 cases in December prompted the district to return to 100% remote class, where no children were permitted to attend in-school classes.
The outlet also reported that at least 6,000 Loudon County teachers have already received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
According to WJLA-TV, the number is expected to reach about 8,700 by the end of the week.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler later encouraged people to have more patience with the situation.
“I just like to remind folks in all of my discussions surrounding COVID-19, whether it be with teachers or principals or board members or parents, that we really need to come at this from a place where we are operating with patience, with flexibility, with the comfort of the not-yet-known, and with grace,” said Ziegler.
WJLA also reported that the school’s association is “pushing back” against the board’s proposed timeline.
The organization’s president said in a statement that the school’s association wants all of the employees who opt to be vaccinated to receive both vaccinations first before resuming in-person classes.
The president also claimed that moving the students in the building would slow down the vaccination process since the school nurses who also administer the vaccines would be required to go back to school.
Ziegler stated that 500 district employees are targeted to receive their second vaccine dose by mid-February.