Wisconsin parents file lawsuits against school districts over their children’s Covid-19 infections

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According to court documents, the first lawsuit was filed last week by Shannon Jensen in federal court against the Waukesha School District, the Waukesha Board of Education, several school board members, and district employees.

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Then on Monday, Gina Kildahl filed a separate lawsuit against the Fall Creek School District, the board, its superintendent and individual board members for “recklessly refusing” to implement the COVID-19 mitigation strategies recommended by the CDC, according to the complaint. Complaint filed.

“By bringing students back to class without masked staff around, resumption of extracurricular activities, and allowing potentially infectious visitors and volunteers into schools without masks, FCSD and BOARD threw students into a COVID-19 ‘snake pit’ given, thereby making an affirmative duty to protect their students safe from Covid-19,” Kildahl’s complaint read.

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Officials and members of the public alike placed a high priority on in-person learning to students at the start of this academic year, but how to do so has been a major point of contention across the country. In some places, parents have protested the restrictions enforced by school authorities, and in other places, they are asking for more.

Jensen’s two children test positive for COVID-19

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Jensen’s lawsuit alleges that the school district and board are “knowing, unnecessarily, unreasonably and recklessly the public” while “continuing classes adequately without COVID-19 mitigation,” according to court documents. exposing”.

Granthshala has contacted the school board and District Superintendent James Seibert.

Jensen said in court documents that she sent her three children to Rose Glen Elementary School for the 2020-21 school year, and that the school implemented masking, temperature checks, Plexiglas dividers and contact tracing.

But this school year, the district’s school board voted to do away with most of the mitigation, including masking requirements. According to court documents, the family had their three children wear masks daily, but many other students did not.

In September, Jensen said in a court announcement, her eldest child tested positive for Covid-19. According to court documents, she isolated the three children for 10 days to prevent the spread. A few days later, another of her children also tested positive.

The school informed families that two students tested positive in her son’s class at the time of his transition, but a parent later told Jensen it was four, according to court documents.

Jensen said in his announcement that the lack of mitigation and delays in communication about the infection was a risk to the community. Her son had participated in community, church and Cub Scout functions before testing positive.

It is not clear from court documents how long there was a delay between the children testing positive and the school notifying the parents.

“Wakesha’s school district refused to implement appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies, affecting not only our immediate family, but if we were informed of our oldest son’s close contact with someone who who was diagnosed with COVID-19, we could have stopped it. There is a possibility that there is a further spread of the virus,” Jensen said in the court’s announcement.

Both lawsuits — which are seeking class action status — are funded by Minoqua Brewing Company Super PAC, according to its Facebook page. The Super PAC is an independent political action committee that can raise an unlimited amount of money from corporations, unions and individuals to influence elections. However, it has been barred from donating directly to candidates.

Sick classmate did not wear mask, says Kildahl’s lawsuit

Kildahl’s complaint states that a classmate of her child tested positive for COVID-19 on September 20 and another classmate tested positive on September 24, 2021.

Kildahl’s child in the suit has been identified as SK. “SK’s ailing classmate was not wearing a mask in school,” read the complaint.

“On September 27, 2021, SK tested positive for COVID-19.” According to the complaint, the child was quarantined and missed school for two weeks.

Granthshala has reached out to the Fall Creek School Board and the school district.

Minoqua Brewing Company owner Kirk Bungstad said Sunday that Super PACs raised more than $50,000 within the past two weeks “specifically by asking people to donate to these lawsuits.”

“Minoqua Brewing Company Super Pac embarks on boldest project yet – suing every school board in Wisconsin that does not comply with CDC guidelines to protect schools from the spread of COVID,” a post page on Facebook said. said.

Currently, vaccines are only available to children 12 years of age and older. Specifically for uninfected children, the CDC recommends that schools employ multiple levels of protection, including universal masking, distancing, handwashing, testing, disinfection, and quarantine and isolation.

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