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Monday, November 29, 2021

School board in Rancho Cucamonga extends COVID-19 vaccine exemption to students

The Etiwanda School District Board of Trustees voted in support of a wide range of exemptions to the state’s mandate for staff and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a resolution approved by the board on Thursday, November 18.

However, more than a dozen teachers, parents and students, who strongly oppose any vaccine mandate requiring individual instruction, spoke out against the board’s proposal, saying it does not go far enough.

“I am requesting you to do everything in your power to oppose the governor’s vaccine mandate,” Kristen Lozano, a teacher in the district, told the board. “If parents want their children to be vaccinated, they absolutely should. But why don’t I have a choice?”

On October 1, Governor Gavin Newsom directed the California Department of Public Health to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other required immunizations for school attendance. The requirement for students in K-6 and grades 7-12 will go into effect at the beginning of the term for that grade period after full Food and Drug Administration approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. This would mean that the mandate could be in effect till January 1 or July 1, 2022.

A group of parents and teachers, many of whom are also children in K-8 district schools, said their rights were being taken away if the mandate was implemented. Many on Thursday night also said the vaccine may not be safe and is unnecessary, as children are a group with the fewest infections and hospitalizations.

“He wrote the softest resolution to please us. We wanted our board to oppose it (the student vaccine mandate) outright,” said Janal Barkley, during an interview with Barkley, whose three children attend Etiwanda schools. and lives in Rancho Cucamonga, leading a group of several hundred parents and teachers who oppose the mandate of a handful of Inland Empire school districts.

The group held a silent, peaceful protest outside the Etiwanda School District headquarters on Monday, November 15, leaving 265 pairs of shoes. Some had personal notes written by students who said they would not get the vaccine.

The adopted resolution extends exemptions to vaccines only for medical and religious reasons, including those of “personal belief” and those who are “unable to or choose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”

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The resolution states that the board is “resolute to uphold COVID-19 vaccination medical, religious and personal belief exemptions for students and staff”. It also states that students who have not been vaccinated with the sanctioned exemption should continue to give individual instruction if they so desire.

Furthermore, in a last-minute change, the Board voted to strike the following language from the resolution: “… the Board acknowledges its duty to comply with and implement the orders and orders of the CDPH and Executive Orders.” ” The resolution was adopted without that sentence.

Many wanted the board to condemn the governor’s vaccine order for students and make a district policy for non-compliance. He cited a resolution passed by the Apple Valley Unified School District about what he wanted the Etiwanda School Board to do.

The AVUSD proposal states that the district will not enforce the vaccine requirement if it is vaccinated by the state health department and/or governor.

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