Quintin Shepherd

Quintin Shepherd

I want to share why I choose to wear a mask.

Safety, although a big concern, is not my primary motive for wearing a mask.

Safety may be a priority for others, and to that I say, great.

Danger, or community spread, my own personal health, none of these are my primary drivers for choosing to wear a mask. They are all important considerations, but not my primary drive.

For me, it has absolutely nothing to do with politics. The fact that some have politicized mask- wearing borders on ridiculous to me.

My primary reason for wearing a mask and continuing to physical distance is because I miss my kids. I really want to have them back.

I miss them in a way that’s hard for me to put into words. I got into education to teach and be with students.

Even as superintendent, my very best days are the ones when I get to be with my students. Every one of my nearly 13,000 students I think of as my own children and I miss them.

I wear a mask because I know the best chance I have to see my students involves physical distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask. It’s really that simple.

Obviously, some parents would like for their students to continue with remote instruction for various reasons and we want to honor that request.

Many people I talk to say they want our kids to go back to school, and we want to make that happen as well to the greatest extent possible and in a safe way.

Wearing a mask is my way of doing everything I can to make sure students have the ability to come back to school in the fall in a safe way.

Quintin Shepherd is the superintendent of the Victoria Independent School District.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.
4
1
0
0
0

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Transparency. Your full name is required.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. And receive photos, videos of what you see.
Don’t be a troll. Don’t be a troll. Don’t post inflammatory or off-topic messages, or personal attacks.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.

To subscribe, click here. Already a subscriber? Click here.