CHICO – A group of about 100 vaccine and mask protesters stood outside a multipurpose room at Marigold Elementary School, where the Chico Unified School District board meeting was held Wednesday night.
A group of children and adults alike waved American flags and homemade signs, read statements such as “My kids are not your science experiment” and “Kids are not government lab rats, no mandates,” and shouted “Vaccines – it’s not-but. ” “And” My body, my choice “through megaphones.
Betsy Bowen said she protested because she didn’t believe in prescriptions for children. She has children and grandchildren who work and go to school in the Chico Unified School District.
“I’ve done a lot of research and heard both sides,” Bowen said. “It doesn’t make sense to me. Children need to strengthen their immunity. “
Before heading inside to attend the meeting, Chico Unified School District board member Matt Tennis grabbed a megaphone and addressed the crowd.
“I want you to know that I am on your side,” Tennis told the crowd. “You should have the right to get the vaccine or not. I will say, however, that if you are over 40, you should get vaccinated. It is very important.”
Some of the protesters responded that Tennis was “not a doctor,” and he agreed. One man shouted: “I choose myself!” on him.
The protesters stayed outside for most of the rally.
Several teachers were honored at the meeting, and a group of teachers who came to Chico from other countries spoke to the council and participants in the meeting and expressed their enthusiasm and gratitude for the experience they had in school in America.
Jamie King-Isseman, president of King Consulting, and Rob Murray, director of King Consulting, a partner company with the Chico Unified School District, have submitted draft maps of guardians’ territories to the board of directors.
According to the agenda of the meeting, the Hispanic / Latino population of the CUSD is not particularly concentrated based on the 2020 Census data, with one area designated to remain within one guardian area. The total population of the CUSD as of the 2020 census was 120,119. Thus, there should be between 22,823 and 25,225 people in each guardian zone.
The Hispanic population has been noted by a couple of board members as the area grows ethnically.
From the 2010 census to the 2020 census, the total population of Chico increased from 107,182.
up to 120 119. The area is more racially and ethnically diverse. The Hispanic / Latino community remains the most significant protected class; this population increased from 14.7 percent of the district’s population to 19.3 percent. This increased Hispanic / Latino population is more evenly spread across the county than what the 2010 Census data showed according to the meeting’s agenda.
The summary of the original draft maps was split into three colors: blue, green, and purple. The blue map shows two guardianship zones at the border of Pleasant Valley High School and three guardianship zones at the border of Pleasant Valley High School.
Chico high school border. The green card option states that each guardian territory represents both high schools. The purple map option emphasizes the boundaries of the elementary school.
Board member Eileen Robinson said the possible cards make a significant socio-economic difference.
Murray said it was important to hear from the community. The first hearings on the draft maps will take place on November 3. The second hearings on the draft maps, after taking into account the feedback from the first hearings, will take place on November 17.
By November 24, the final map, based on all board and public feedback, will be posted on the district’s website. The board will accept the card on December 15th.
Regular Student Council meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Public comments can be sent by email to [email protected]