ND Prof. Pushes ND Parents To Pull Kids From PHM Due to Optional Masks

Professor Tamara Kay, University of Notre Dame
Photo Courtesy: Twitter

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A Notre Dame Professor is using her Notre Dame email to urge Notre Dame staff to pull their kids from Penn Harris Madison Schools. The reason; PHM has decided to make masks optional for the school year.

In the email, Tamara Kay, Ph.D., urges PHM parents at Notre Dame to pull their kids from class Wednesday through Friday of this week.

Dear PHM parents at ND,

Just a note that we are organizing a three day sickout of all PHM schools this Wednesday to Friday to push back against PHM’s mask-optional policy. In addition to this, we organized a protest on Friday, (sic) are working on plans to change the composition on the PHM Board of Education.

If you are interested in participating, here is the form to fill out: (lists a google doc link)

If you have any questions, or just want to talk about it, I’m happy to talk by phone or zoom.

We also have a PHM Parents for Masks Facebook page where all info is being updated. Email me if you want to join and I’ll send you an invitation.

In solidarity,


Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology, University of Notre Dame

The entire email can be seen below.

Professor Kay is extremely active in pushing her politics and masking of children. Below are screenshots from her Twitter feed in which she calls for strict mask measures and calls President Trump a murderer while attacking Congresswoman Jackie Walorski.

The email makes it appear this push is being organized on behalf of and sanctioned by Notre Dame.

RNM Reached out to the university media relations team for comment. University Spokesman, Dennis Brown, sent the following response:

This is in no way a protest against PHM schools “on behalf of Dame.” The university has not taken an institutional position on this matter, and the views of the protesting parents are their own, not the university’s.

Mr. Brown does not address the fact that the professor used her Notre Dame email and was sending the messages to other Notre Dame staff and employees.

This story has been updated to include the response from Notre Dame.


  1. Tamara should totally be reprimanded for using her Notre Dame email for that messaging. I am glad someone leaked that to you. That is not right. I would be in a lot of trouble if I used my company email to promote a personal agenda.


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