October 29, 2021
Multiple families choosing not to vaccinate their children are being reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) over “educational neglect.”
The Intercept revealed that “in Washington, D.C., at least 90 families with COVID-19 safety concerns have been referred” to CPS, which is putting these families under investigation. The Department of Health and Human Services defines “educational neglect” as a parent or guardian’s failure “to enroll a child of mandatory school age in school or to provide appropriate homeschooling or needed special education training.”
One D.C. parent, Kavitha Kasargod-Staub, decided to keep her children, who were unvaccinated, out of school, owing to COVID policies — which she believed were inefficient. Kasargod-Staub’s children and unvaccinated children of many other families have been denied the opportunity to receive online education. Now, many families holding their kids back from in-person learning are facing serious investigation led by CPS workers.
Kasargod-Staub was interrogated this fall by CPS and was asked questions concerning monthly income, mental health diagnoses of herself and her husband, as well as for documented proof of her children’s living conditions and proof that necessary nourishment is being provided to her children.