School Districts in California Agree to Resist State’s Vaccine Order

Unanimously, the board of trustees of a California school system decided to reject the state’s pending COVID-19 vaccination mandate for kids and staff.

A 5-0 vote by the Board of Trustees of the Calaveras Unified School District (which consists of ten schools and serves upwards of 2,800 students) rejected the requirement, which is still in the process of being enforced.

Parents were notified of the board’s decision through social media. The vote is open to both faculty members and students. As part of the agenda for its meeting scheduled on November 23, the board decided to include the issues of mask regulations and testing requirements for COVID-19.

Letter to Parents from the School Board

Earlier this month, the school board stated their opposition to the mandate and their plan to vote on the matter in a letter to families and staff. The vote took place on November 4.

According to the letter, the board’s informal remarks on the forthcoming state mandates for COVID-19 vaccines (which were voiced independently and collaboratively at the October 19 board meeting) showed they had issues and reservations about the COVID-19 requirement for staff and kids.

They do not endorse the mandate.

The letter stated the board recognizes mandate noncompliance may increase liabilities for the district. Funding losses, as well as other official measures, can be taken towards the district.

They acknowledge the superintendent’s proposal for mandate conformance is based on certain potential consequences. However, they remain firm in their roles on this topic.

This was expressed on October 19 and debated on November 9, when their decision determined whether the district would comply with the mandate.

“Children Can Handle the Side Effects”

Despite the district’s unwillingness to adhere to the rule, federal officials have granted immediate authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, intended for children ages 5 to 11.

After receiving approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration on October 29, the vaccine was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a few days later, on November 2.

Around one-third of the Pfizer vaccination dosage normally administered to adults over the age of 12 would be given to the children. Per CNBC, Pfizer claims their low-dose vaccine for children (which is a third of the dose provided to adults) is more than 90 percent successful in preventing asymptomatic illness in the first place.

It also stated the injections were well-digested in young children, with side effects equivalent to those observed in a study of people between the ages of 16 and 25.

California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom declared on October 1, his state would become the first in the nation to require all public and private school pupils to receive vaccinations. 

The silver lining in all this is the school board took a stand. They listened to parents and staff when the government decided to turn deaf ears to their woes.


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