The debate over masks in schools is only getting more heated as the school year approaches.

Parents came out in droves to the most recent Council Rock School District board meeting last Thursday. Masks were not even on the agenda, but they dominated conversation and public comment.

Council Rock School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser. Photo via CRSD.

Before any parents spoke, Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser addressed the room. He made it clear the Council Rock board had already voted in May to have a mask optional policy.

“The board voted to open this upcoming school year with a mask optional approach. That May 20th vote had my support via a recommendation behind it,” said Fraser. “And I noted at that time that my recommendation was following squarely on the heels of that of the Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker.”

Damsker made headlines when he attended a Central Bucks School District board meeting in early June. He recommended the district and others let their students go maskless.

“I’ve always said that because you have people’s freedom in your hands for some of these commutable disease situations you want to do the least restrictive thing for the least amount of time,” said Damsker at the time. “I’ve always tried to do that.”

Fraser stated during Thursday’s meeting he hasn’t always been “on board” with Damsker’s decisions.

“As I look back with the clarity that 2020 hindsight provides, Dr. Damsker has been right a lot more than not,” said Fraser. “And not that he needed to, certainly, but Dr. Damsker has earned, in my eyes, a great deal of credibility.”