Castle Rock parents demand mask exemptions from pediatrician

The pediatrician said it happened as families protested the school board’s decision to demand masks.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – Pediatrics at the Meadows in Castle Rock was quieter on Tuesday than a few weeks ago – Dr. Michael Milobsky said they received hundreds of calls from parents asking that his office write mask waivers for their child.

“The tone of a lot of these calls, and some people saying they came to the office, was very aggressive,” he said. “I think most parents asked because they were concerned about their child’s well-being.”

Milobsky said some people threatened his practice when he refused to write a waiver.

“Threats to the practice, to the business,” he said. “We’re going to try to ruin your name.”

Around the same time the calls came in, parents in Douglas County were protesting the school board’s decision to demand masks. When they turned to this children’s agency to get out of the mandate, most were out of luck.

“We are trying to limit mask exemptions to very specific situations, children with developmental or physical disabilities that prevent them from managing the mask on their own,” he said.

Milobsky’s guidance comes from Children’s Hospital Colorado, but he said many parents didn’t seem to care. So he went on Facebook to help them understand.

“If I issue a mask waiver for your child, and they infect a child undergoing chemotherapy, a newborn or a pregnant teacher who, as a result of contamination or death, I AM RESPONSIBLE,” he wrote in the post.

Milobsky said the calls about mask exemptions have stopped since the post went up.

As a pediatrician he wants to help all children. As a father, he is also done with masks.

“I’m looking forward to the scenario where we can have our kids in school and we can all throw the masks aside and we can move on,” he said. “It will take time and a lot of work to get there.

As of Tuesday, the Douglas County School District had no data available on requests for mask exemptions.

At JeffCo Public Schools, the district said it had received 489 requests late last week — 208 of those requests were for medical reasons and 59 were denied because they did not meet the requirements set forth in the Public Health Ordinance.

The district is no longer accepting religious exemption requests due to a revised public health ordinance issued by the provincial health department in August.

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