Without Masks, COVID-19 Will ‘Sweep Like Fire’ Through Schools, Overman Warns
Former Comal County Health Authority and family practicioner Dr. Dorothy Overman warned Satuday that COVID-19 will sweep like fire through area schools if students don’t wear masks.
On her popular New Braunfels COVID19 Community Info Facebook page, she said the majority of students will not become very ill but will spread the highly contagious Delta variant to those at home.
“We have learned so much this past year, but the way to keep kids in school and schools open is with masks on everyone,” Overman said.
On July 20, Gov. Greg Abbott said he will not issue any mask mandates.
“Kids will not be forced by government or by schools to wear a mask in school,” he said.
Comal ISD has not confirmed whether it will require masks for students returning to classrooms later this month, .
But in an email to parents on June 4, Comal ISD Supt. Andrew Kim said the district would follow guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
“This means that starting with our summer activities and into next fall, our schools will look like they did before March 2020,” he said. “Health screeners will no longer be part of your morning routine and plexiglass will no longer be part of the decor. We will have full classrooms for learning, full stadiums for fans, and full performing arts centers for music ensembles, theater and other performances. Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities without wearing masks, standing three feet from a teammate, or other limitations.”
New Braunfels ISD
New Braunfels ISD outlined its Back to School Plan at a trustees’ meeting Wednesday.
Face coverings for students and staff are optional, and NBISD will continue to notify parents and community of COVID-positive cases.
“This past spring, our lawmakers did not pass a bill that funds remote learning for the upcoming school year during the legislative session,” NBISD said. “In addition, a survey of parents that ended the year with their child in remote learning revealed only three percent of our students would choose remote learning if offered. Therefore, NBISD has decided only to provide in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.”
ABOUT DR. OVERMAN
Dr. Dorothy Overman served as Comal County’s health authority for over 25 years and became the area’s most trusted source for information about COVID-19. She stepped down last November due to workload in her family practice, Hill Country Medical Associates, now Christus Trinity Clinic.
As a consultant to the county, she worked with the Office of Public Health and Texas Department of State Health Services on diseases affecting the community, disease prevention, public education, sheltering of evacuees and disaster preparedness.
After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Overman’s posts on the New Braunfels COVID19 Community Info Facebook page, a private group with almost 7,000 followers, were eagerly anticipated for her candid analysis about the outbreak’s impact on Comal County and Comal ISD.