I came across an article this morning in the Key West Citizen newspaper. The article is headlined “Private Florida School Won’t Employ Vaccinated Teachers”. Now bear with me whilst I stray way off the reservation here.
First, some background on the story, which over the course of a week or so, has been carried by many national news services: The school in question is the Centner Academy in Miami, FL. Centner Academy is a private school for K-8, and was founded by Leila Centner and her husband David. Ms. Centner has been a vocal opponent of vaccinations as evident by her frequent posts on Instagram. On April 7th, 2021, Centner Academy sponsored a Zoom call featuring Dr. Larry Pavelsky, a holistic pediatrician from New York. During this Zoom call, Dr. Pavelsky denounced child vaccinations, of any form, and afterwards, Centner Academy sent out a letter to parents stating that the school would not allow already vaccinated teachers to have contact with children, and that they would not consider employment for vaccinated teacher applicants. Aside from the obvious anti-vaxxer stance, Ms. Centner holds the belief that a vaccinated woman, standing in close proximity to an unvaccinated woman, can cause reproductive and menstrual cycle issues for the unvaccinated woman. Needless to say, this announcement created the expected uproar and confusion amongst the parents and general public, with many supporting the schools’ stance.
Now, as a private school, Centner Academy certainly can make such hiring distinctions, right? Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Genetic Information. Covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Seems Centner may have a problem here, but that won’t be decided here, nor is it the purpose of this rant.
Mrs. Lawrence (and many others) have oft remarked about the bizarre directions my mind sometimes goes in, so here it is:
Do Anti-Vaxxers Use Anti-Virus Software on Their Computers?
- Can unprotected computers become protected by being in close proximity to each other?
- Does anti-virus software cause autism?
- Can a computer be autistic?
- Is an unprotected computer more likely to live a longer, happier life than a protected one?
- Can children be aversely affected by using a protected computer?
- Should women wear masks when working on a computer loaded with anti-virus programs?
I wanted to pose these questions to Centner on their Face Book page, but since the story went viral, they apparently deleted their page. But I need answers, so feel free to hammer me!