For Immediate Release
Contact: Keshia Sandidge – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cabarrus County, NC, USA – Tonight, I voted for the mask optional plan for all Cabarrus County public schools. I want to thank the overwhelming majority of our students, parents, administrators, educators, and support staffers who sacrificed individual liberties for the betterment of our beloved community; it made a huge difference!
Across the nation we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in new COVID infections. Our infectious control professionals assess we are past the peak of this latest round of omicron infections and that the end of the current surge is near. Science clearly tells us there will be a continued drop in new cases and hospitalizations. These projections indicate a continued decline over the next few weeks is expected. The continued growth of vaccinations for our school-aged population, coupled with the natural immunity in those previously infected by COVID-19, tells us now is the time to modify our current mask mandate.
My position is centered primarily on what is in the best interest of our students, parents, educators, staff members and administrators. As of today, parents have been given the tools, resources and requisite information to make an informed decision regarding what is best for their children. Government can only do so much to protect the public. It is a fundamental right that parents have the freedom to choose. I support that right. As I’ve stated before, going to school in person is how healthy children and teens learn best. The concept of in-person learning during COVID-19 is universally supported by educational professionals across the country. My firm position is our schools must remain open for in-person learning.
In closing, we must remain vigilant and ready to respond if and when a new variant presents itself. What we do know is the next surge can be right around the corner. Again, I want to thank everyone for their continued support. More than ever, your voice and participation in supporting our schools is needed and much appreciated. I encourage all Cabarrus County citizens to do their part, as they choose, to protect our community.
Greetings and Happy Holidays Cabarrus County Families,
Thank you all for your support and contributions. The success of our campaign resulted in an historic win for our county--we did it! It took a broad coalition of supporters, focused on our most important citizens, our children. I’m incredibly grateful and thankful for the opportunity and privilege to serve the community I love. Without a doubt, I want you to know I’m humbled and blessed beyond measure to work as your community school advocate. Now it’s time to get to work!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve listened to your concerns over a variety of issues coming up in our next board year. Please know I work for you and want to continually hear your thoughtful insight. I know your expectations and standards are high. The necessary change we need will come in incremental steps but speaking with other leaders has shown me that our education system is supported by our entire community of professionals.
On December 7th, I was sworn to the Cabarrus County Board of Education. In order to communicate and respond to your many questions and concerns, I'd like to pilot a personal initiative to facilitate improved communication and response in a uniformed but public forum. I feel this is the best way to provide perspective and transparency. Although this forum is not designed to eliminate individual questions, I ask that you review them often. I’m finding most constituents have the same concerns.
On December 8th, I rolled out these initiatives on my website and social media platforms (please see them below). This pilot will ensure we have one place to go to obtain answers to pressing questions. Where one person has a question, there are likely others with the same question. Starting December 14, 2020, every Monday I will take all of the questions and concerns I've received from Saturday-Sunday of the week prior and post my responses to my social media pages and on my website under the "NEWS" section.
Lastly, I have received several questions about the November 23rd - CCS BOE Meeting. As a parent, I feel we have lots of work to do. My initial thoughts are, unequivocally, I want our community to band together to help our school system to succeed in a COVID-19 environment. This means we must do what is best for our professionals, students, support employees and parents. My desire is a whole system review, which incorporates a community approach. Although some surveys were completed, it was not comprehensive. I commit to you that I will do my best to implement and support a transparent process to ensure your voices are heard and valued. As we evolve in our return to normalcy in a post COVID-19 society, I’m absolutely sure we’ll do what is best for our beloved Cabarrus County.
We are all in this and will do this the only way successful ventures ever conclude victorious – Together as Team Cabarrus!!
Warm wishes and kind regards,
KESHIA believes our schools should be safe havens of learning for our administrators, students and educators. She will ensure resources are allocated equitably to ensure schools remain safe for our children.
KESHIA has been part of this community for over 20 years. Keshia will represent all residents of Cabarrus County. She believes the more community is involved, the better the outcomes are for Cabarrus County Schools. Vote for Keshia Sandidge in the 2020 election.
KESHIA understands public officials must be accountable and transparent in their decision making. Understanding the importance of a quality education and the role it has in positively impacting the future of our community, she will work tirelessly for transparent results for all residents!