Questions For School Superintendent Contreras

Dear Editor,

The following is a letter I sent to Guilford County School Superintendent Sharon Contreras.


Dear Mrs. Contreras,

I hope this email finds you well.  I have several pressing questions I need answers to and I have reached out to several schools in Guilford County and no one is able to answer, so I hope you can provide me with clarity and the schools.

Question 1.  

Is it true that you said you would not be honoring any religious exemptions from vaccination and mask?  

Question 2.

How will you handle and address students with medical and religious exemptions? Will you put them in a different part of the school? I want to know how and where they will go?  How will this group not be discriminated against?  

Question 3. 

You said you are following CDC guidelines and recommendations, so please tell me how you plan to force children in a mask all day?  Will you be liable for any medical implications and or medical costs associated with forcing children to wear a mask for eight hours?  Have you surveyed all parents? If so I would like to see that and it needs to be optional for parents.  

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Question 4.

What is the policy for testing these children?  Why can no one answer this? I was told that masks will not be required for athletic sports but because they are at high risk they will be asked if they are vaccinated or not is this correct?  So masks aren’t required for sports, but they are high risk due to close contact?  Please explain here.

Question 5.

I was told by one of Guilford County Board of Educations members that GCS will not provide any virtual options this upcoming school year.  I have asked several times what are the children supposed to do if they test positive and have to quarantine for 10 days?  What is the academic plan in place? They can’t be absent and have no academic learning for 10 days and be expected to teach themselves? Please explain what the plans are for this? 

Question 6.

Will you make the vaccinated quarantine since Fauci states the vaccinated can get the Delta variant just as the unvaccinated can? Please explain how this will be handled in Guilford County Schools.

Question 7

My last question is, how do we get you to listen to the parents and fulfill the promise you gave your oath as a superintendent to do?  

 I know you have been preparing for the past 18 months for a back-to-school return.  I look forward to hearing back from you with your answers.  This will give me a better understanding and provide clarity of all the preparation and procedures for how this school year will operate.   

Thank you, 

Sherry Stevenson