We’re in central Iowa, right out in the middle of a cornfield. Our district has about 750, 800 students altogether, from about three or four counties.
We ended the school year last year with no masks. As of right now, all students will be coming back. There is no mask requirement as yet. The district did say anybody that wants to wear one is welcome to. There could be a few students on a virtual program. But most will come back.
On the vaccines, I have not had them. I’ve had a few vaccines, way back. Didn’t have real good results. I went through the whole school year and I got along real well. I think in Pekin there are probably 15 or 16 teachers [in our district] who didn’t get the vaccine, out of about 50, 55. If they want to get them, I think that’s great. All the power to them. I think it’s just an individual decision. I’ve heard good things [about the vaccine], I’ve heard some bad things and, I’ve stayed pretty healthy. I just don’t want to get it.