Kim Miller, Ohio County School Superintendent: Students will wear masks to stay in school | News, Sports, Jobs
WHEELING – Students at Ohio County schools say they really like being in school and not learning at home, and they’re not opposed to wearing masks if it keeps them in class, according to the Superintendent Kim Miller.
Miller and Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones met with students as part of their ongoing “Superintendent Forums” in each of the school buildings.
“They explained that they didn’t mind wearing masks in schools,” she said. “They love to be in school and they said they will wear masks if it means they can be there.
“They enjoy the in-person learning and their teachers. “
Miller said students’ feelings were “about equal” when it came to wanting to stay in school for academics or being there for extracurricular activities.
“I was very surprised by the discussion about wearing masks,” she said. “I thought maybe we were at the point where they wouldn’t want to not wear them. But they think it’s more important to be in school and wear a mask.
“They know they are less likely to be in quarantine. “
Miller and Jones have been meeting with students for the Superintendent’s Forums since taking office six years ago.
“It’s my favorite part of the job,” Miller said. “Rick and I have always said kids come first. If we do not include them in our decisions, it is an oversight.
“It is really beneficial to listen to the students. They are our clients and our children. It is important to listen to what we can do to improve their lives.
At first, conversations often revolved around harassment or the quality of toilet paper in school bathrooms, she explained.
“Now it’s about, ‘Who are you going to? And who do you trust, ”Miller said.
She said she and Jones ask students to give examples of people they trust in school. They ask them if they have an adult they think they can talk to and if they think there are people who care about them.
Students also appreciate being able to give their opinion on issues like cafeteria food, and they like to have their voices heard, Miller said.
“There is no negative dialogue,” she said. “They are just happy to be in school and to have everything normal.”