Originally published in the Bucks County Courier Times
When it comes to health and safety in public schools, the county health department calls the shots. At least, it’s supposed to. But email records and other written correspondence obtained through Right to Know requests demonstrate that, in the summer of 2020, Bucks County public education officials chose to ignore local health authorities and instead followed a well-connected lawyer.
On June 15, 2020, Dr. David Damsker, Bucks County’s health director, released guidance that would allow for schools to reopen in the fall with moderate safety regulations — something parents in the grassroots group Reopen Bucks say they supported.
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