Centner Academy in Florida is a private school that's made headlines for preventing children from remaining safe from COVID-19 -- going so far as to punish anyone who tries to keep kids there healthy.
In April 2021, this came in the form of lashing out against teachers who received the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, prohibiting them from having contact with the students. Now, the school is lashing out against students, too. In October, school officials declared
that any students who become vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus will be barred from coming to school for 30 days... after each of the two shots.
This means students could be locked out of school -- missing classes and educational opportunities -- for as many as two full months.Why would a school intentionally penalize children who are trying to stay safe? This is disgusting and outrageous. Demand that the Centner Academy reverse its course and stop punishing students and teachers who are vaccinated. Even better, demand that it requires vaccines for all kids and staff!
As we've recently been learning, children are hardly immune to the frightening effects of COVID-19 infections. Across the U.S. and the world, the Delta variant has been hitting kids hard. Unfortunately, in some cases, this has been even to the point of death.
Schools are supposed to be places that are devoted to children's care and well-being, and not just in the form of classroom learnings. For an academy to actively go out of its way to force its dangerous anti-vaxxer mentality on students and teachers is callous in the extreme.
Leaders at the institute are claiming that vaccines supposedly make inoculated individuals infectious to others -- which is a lie. The COVID-19 vaccines do not have live viruses in them, so there's nothing for vaccinated people to transmit to others. Instead, vaccination both lowers one's own risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as lowers the risk of passing along the virus to others. Simply put, it's the safest option available.
And on top of everything else, the Academy's co-founders have discouraged mask-wearing in the school, both among teachers and even students. No vaccines and no masks? This is unbelievably reckless around children.
According to the Academy's website, the school is currently accredited by both Cognia and the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). These organizations should both withdraw their support and approval now
, to signal to parents that this educational institute is unworthy of teaching children.
The Centner Academy's dogma could well end up harming young people. This must end now. Tell officials at the Centner Academy to abandon its anti-vaxx policies and instead implement a vaccine requirement to prove that they actually care about children!