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Associations assist school leaders amid contentious climate

Some superintendents and board members face hostility, threats over masks and vaccine policies; AASA and NSBA offer guidance, information

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Sept. 27, 2021
By Kathryn Walson

As school district leaders around the country face threats over mask and vaccine policies, two associations representing these officials are finding ways to support them.

The National School Boards Association and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued a joint statement Sept. 22 speaking out against hostile behavior toward school district leaders.

“We are concerned with the increasing reports of our members—school superintendents and school board members—who are working to ensure a safe reopening of schools while addressing threats and violence, and being undermined by those who do not agree with their school guidelines for COVID-19 best practices,” the statement said.