A STILL PENDING ISSUE: SCHOOL AND COLLEGE MANDATES
Upcoming Schools and College/University mandates within Massachusetts still loom for this fall. Where so many of you are understandably upset because your children or you are attending places of learning now being mandated to take the COVID vaccine, I wanted to share this.
The approach to pushing back on mandates becomes more powerful when more than singular letters to our own child’s school or university are sent. We gain force as a voting block by consolidating numbers and sending a bulk form letter to ALL the schools mandating covid. In that way we help ourselves as well as help many others – and they, in turn, help us by sending letters to our children’s schools/colleges. It’s a win-win. And even if your children aren’t attending this year but are in the not-to-distant future, it affects them, as well.
Children’s Health Defense has helped by setting up tools for us to use to consolidate our voices:
A LIST of MANY MA COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES MANDATING the COVID-19 SHOT. If your daughter/son’s school isn’t here, you can add their ‘admissions office email’ to the bulk email listed towards the end of this.
Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Assumption University, Babson College, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Curry College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Hampshire College, Harvard University, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art &Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MIT, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Mount Holyoke University, New England Conservatory of Music, Northeastern University, Salem State University, Simmons University, Smith College, Springfield College, Stonehill College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Westfield State University, Wheaton College, William James College, Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University
Go to the 7/10/21 Children’s Health Defense article “Tell Schools/ Universities No Vaccine Mandates for Children and Young Adults” where there are links to 2 letter templates. You can use either letter as a boiler-plate and customize it, filling in your own information. (FYI: The longer letter has strong points/links in case you decide you want to pull some of them to use for the shorter letter.)
I’d recommend figuring out which letter you want to use, customize it with your own personal information, and make a PDF to save/send. (if you can not create a pdf a word doc is fine too!)
1) Center and put your personal information at the top, just as we did in the
template testimonies for Vargas and Rausch: Full legal name, address, telephone
number, and email
2) Type the date
3) Type “Dear Head of Admissions, President, and Board of Governors:”
4) Then copy and paste the body of the letter you want… and customize it
5) When finished, type your full legal name at the bottom.
6) Title the PDF, “Letter to Withdraw the Student COVID- 19 Vaccine Requirement”
BULK EMAIL ADDRESSES to ADMISSIONS’ OFFICE
1) For the email subject line: “Letter to Withdraw the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement”
2) The email greeting: “Dear Head of Admissions, President, and Board of Governors”
3) Small polite explanation Something like:
“Attached please find my letter supporting the withdrawal of your school’s pending policy to require the COVID-19 vaccine for student entry this September 2021.
I appreciate your attention to this important matter. Thank you.
4) Then attach your PDF
5) When you send, list all the below email addresses in the BCC line so they go out
separately. (They may need commas or separations between them.)
6) Under the “To” at the top, list your own personal email address. (That way when you send, you’ll get back a confirmation to yourself that it went out to everyone else.)
Best of luck helping each other to make your voices more powerful!