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September 13, 2021 The Star Page 5 ' To the editor Phyicians address school officials regarding masking of students To the Editor: An Open Letter toSuperintend- ents, School Board Members, and Parents: As physicians and healthcare providers in your communities, we have seen firsthand the devastating impact COVID-19 is having on our patients, hospitals, and health care workers. It is a battle we are fighting every day. In an effort to keep our communities healthy, we need your help to keep our students safe and healthy. Hospitals throughout the country are seeing significantly more children who are sicker than at any other time during the pandemic. We want to en- courage safe, common—sense strate- gies to prevent pediatric illnesses and hospitalizations while ensuring our children have the best opportunity to remain in school. Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant and rise in COVID-19 cases among young peo— ple, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) rec— ommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), Staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. For more in—depth information regarding K— 12 school recommenda- tions, view the CDC’s website. Why are we recommending mask- ing for ALL students and staff? - The Delta variant is more than twice as contagious as previous vari- ants and hospitalizations of pediatric patients have increased. Many North Dakota school sys- tems are not performing adequate or timely COVID testing and are not recommending appropriate quaran— tine protocols creating confusion for ‘ parents and virus transmission within schools. 0 North Dakota’s vaccination rates are not sufficient to protect our chil— dren. We rank near the bottom of the United States. - Unvaccinated populations re- main highly vulnerable to the Delta variant. In children, earlyobserva— tions show higher hospitalization rates and more severe illness. ' Less than 30% of eligible school age adolescents have been vaccinated and represent a large potential for transmission and infection. 0 Elementary students are cur- rently ineligible for vaccination, so their primary protection is masking and other mitigation measures. Some students with medical or develop— mental conditions are not able to mask consistently. ‘ 0 Local and state COVID-19 case rates are already far ahead of what they were last year and will continue to increase due to lack of masking and vaccination - Hospitals, including pediatric hospitals around the country, are reaching capacity and the peak of ill- ness continues to be weeks away. In-person school has clear educa- tional, safety, physical and mental health benefits. Students and teachers are already getting sick. As you mod— ify your schools COVID-l9 safety plans, please require masking by all staff and students. Universal masking federal liability as a seizure of per- sonal liberty over citizens’ bodies. Forcing people to choose between employment and personal medical de- cisions, for most, is not really a choice. While the very wealthy may not be employees (rather business owners or investors) and others from affluent backgrounds may be «able to resort to personal savings, most Amer- icans need their job to survive. Those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and members of minori- ties who have a heightened level of government distrust will likely be among the most negatively affected. Ironically, while using federal spending power as a basis for con- trol, the Biden administration fails to take an approach which could be far less objectionable: pay people to be vaccinated. Instead of heavy-handed regulations, the federal government could implement a market-based so— lution that provides citizens with a clear incentive while maintaining personal choice over health deci- sions. Biden could follow the lead of numerous private sector firms and state governments and create a na- tional vaccination incentive plan. The government could offer whatever it feels is justified compensation to in- dividuals to get vaccinations while leaving citizens — and their doctors — free to make health decisions. NDSU is the best and most effective strategy to create consistent messaging and expectations. We also strongly rec— ommend COVID-19 vaccinations for your employees and community members especially those working directly with children in schools. The vaccines are highly effective and safe. Safe and healthy school environ- ments must be everyone’s responsi— bility, and these mitigation strategies are essential. Without these efforts children will get needlessly sick, there will be severe illness, and po- tentially even death. ' Bradley Aafedt, MD Kathy Anderson, MD, FAAP Misty Anderson, DO Wayne Anderson, MD Stephanie Antony, MD, FAAP Laura Archuleta, MD Shawna Baker, MD Gabriela Balf Soran, MD Cody Baxter, PA Ashley Benson,,NP Steven Bemdt, MD Timothy Blaufuss, DO A Michael Booth, MD Tara Bradner, FNP-C Carrie Brower—Breitwieser, PhD Melanie Brumwell, MD Ben Bucher, FNP-BC, MBA, LNHA James Buhr, MD Tuan.Bui, MD Rachel Busko, MD Cristina Calin, MD Paul Carson, MD Thomas Carver, MD, FAAP Kari Casas, MD Benjamin Chaska, MD Melanie Chihak, DO Charles Christianson, MD Chris Cleveland, MD Joan Connell, MD, FAAP Stephanie Dahl, MD Christina daSilva, MD, FAAP Angela Domacker, MD Natalie Dvorak, MD Kristina England, MD Christopher Failing, MD David Field, MD Brennan Forward, MD Stephanie Foughty, . . Evelyn FuenteSLDOndoneau=,' MD Anu Gaba MD Swami Gade, MD Jane Gaffrey, DO Aaron Garman, MD Andrew Gasparini, MD Sreejith Gopi, MD Genevieve Goven, MD Kristin Gray, MD , Michael Greenwood, MD Shabnum Gupta, MD, MPH Stephanie Hanisch, MD Stephanie Hanson, MD, FAAP Chris Henderson, MD Tonia Hoggarth, MD Shannon Holsen, MD Ashley Homer, MD Justin Horner, MD Melissa Horner, MD Jeffrey Hostetter, MD Oguakwa Ifesinachi, MD Michael J ankoviak, MD Ash Jensen, MD Eric Johnson, MD Mandi Johnson, MD Roxanne Jonas, MD Michelle Jorgensen, MD Bethany Kaerningk, MD Andrea Kaster, MD Mustafa Kathawala, MD Vaccinations (Continued from Page 4) offered students an incentive and nearly half of on-campus students have already signed up, only weeks into the program and over a month- and-a-half before it ends. While there is clear precedent for using spending power to promote change — one example is the use of highway funding to get states to raise their legal drinking ages — the recent announcement sets a precedent that everyone should be concerned about. While many Democrats may support Seema Khosla, MD M. Kim Kinzak Jones, MD Diane Kjelstrup, MD Theodore Kleiman, MD Dale Klein, MD Jill Klemin, MD Jacinta Klindworth, MD Lisa Kozel, MD, FAAP Laura Kroetsch, MD Melissa Kunkel, MD Parag Kumar, MD, FAAP Patty Laqua, MD Maria S Li, MD Molly Linn, DO, FAAP Madeline Luke, MD Aaron Makens, MD William Mann, MD Jared Marquardt, MD Maria Marchenko, MD Jocelyn Mattson, MD Clifford Mauriello, MD Denise McDonough, MD Stephen McDonough, MD, FAAP William McKinnon, MD Taylor Mertz, MD Tara Mertz-Hack, MD Keith Millette, MD Brandon Meyer, MD, FAAP Samuel Milanovich, MD Keith Millette, MD CJ Mischel, MD J agila Minso, MD, FAAP Rupkumar N agala, MD I Fadel Nammour, MD David Newman, MD Tracie Newman, MD, FAAP Lynelle Noisy Hawk, MD Margaret N ordell, MD Rena N ordeng, MD Amy Ochsendorf, PsyD Samuel Odame Anim, MD Amanda Oney, CPNP Amy Oksa, MD, FAAP Sarah Paur, APRN—CPNP J anak Patel, MD Jennifer Peterson, MD, FAAP Heidi Philpot, MD Michelle Placke, MD Samantha Porter, NP Gregory Post, MD Rebecca Preussler, PsyD Chris Pribula, MD Myra Quanrud, MD, FAAP Carrie Ann Ranum, MD, FAAP Kristina RauscreFoltz, MD Ashish'Regulagadda, MD Sara Reinke, MD, FAAP Marc Ricks, MD, FAAP Shannon Sauter, MD Laura Schield, MD Steve Schoneberg, MD Brian Selland, MD Arveity Setty, MD, FAAP Agnieszka Solberg, MD Steven Strinden, MD Grant Syverson, MD, FAAP Rebecca Swenson, DO Alex Thompson, MD, FAAP Brenda Thurlow, MD, FAAP Matthew Tinguely, MD Stephen Tinguely, MD, FAAP Chris Tiongson, MD, FAAP Ana Tobiasz, MD Beverly Tong, MD Chelsea Traverse, MD Stephanie Traxinger, DO Matthew Viscito, MD Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN Debra Walker, MD Joel Walz, MD Patrick Welle, MD, FAAP Jane Winston, MD Kirk Wyatt, MD Carla Zacher, MD, FAAP Ryan Zimmerrnann, MD the current mandate, they likely would oppose a future president’s use of this technique to promulgate an abortion ban or numerous other reg— ulations. Offering an incentive is simply better policy and aligned with key American concepts like states’ rights and personal liberty. (Straub is an assistant professor at the North Dakota State University and (1 NDS U Challey Institute Fac- ulty Fellow. The opinions expressed are his own.) C ottage Charm 110 East Main Ave, Rolla (701) 477-5371 NEw Vi STORE nouns Tuesday Friday: 10:ish am 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:ish am 2:00 pm _, Going to be Closed Mondays for a while. Lots of new goodies coming and on order! Little known program helps seniors mana Dear Savvy Senior, Does Social Security offer any special help to beneficiaries who struggle managing their benefits? My aunt, who has no children, has de— mentia and struggles keeping up with her bills and other financial duties. Inquiring Niece Dear Inquiring, Yes, Social Security actually has a little-known program known as the “representative payee program” that helps beneficiaries who need help managing their Social Security ben- efit payments. Here’s what you should know. Representative Payee Program r Authorized by congress back in 1939, the Social Security representa- tive payee program provides money management help to beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security income. Beneficiar- ies in need of this help are often sen— iors suffering from dementia, or minor children who are collecting Social Security survivors’ benefits. Currently more than 5 million So- cial Security beneficiaries have rep- resentative payees. Representative-payees also handle benefits for nearly 3 million recipi- ents of Supplemental Security In- come (SSI), a Social Security administered benefit program for low—income people who are over 65, blind or disabled. Who Are Payees? A representative payee is typically a relative or close friend of the bene- ficiary needing assistance, but Social Security can also name an organiza- tion or institution for the role — like a nursing homes or social-service agency. Some of duties of a representative payee include: Using the beneficiary’s Social Security or SSI payments to meet their essential needs, such as food, shelter, household bills and medical care. The money can also be used for personal needs like clothing and recreation. 0 Keeping any remaining money from benefit payments in an interest- bearing bank account or savings bonds for the beneficiary’s future needs. 0 Keeping records of benefit pay- ments received and, how the money was spent or saved. ' 0 Reporting to Social Security any changes or events that could affect the beneficiary’s payments (for ex- ample, a move, marriage, divorce or death). . 0 Reporting any circumstances that affect the payee’s ability to serve in the role. schooL related services lease co sand? I “é As a representative payee, you cannot combine the beneficiary’s So- cial Security payments with your own money or use them for your own needs. The bank account into which benefits are deposited should be fully owned by the beneficiary, . with the payee listed as financial agent. Some payees, generally those Identify ‘Evalua‘te The Belcourt School System (PreK-12), Ojibwa Indian School and Dunseith 3 Indian Day School will be dedicating the month of September to Child Find. f Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act requires schools to identify, locate and valuate all children who are in need of special education and it related services. 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