California: Parents & Teachers To Protest School Vaccine Mandate With Statewide Walkout

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California’s parents and teachers have reacted to the draconian new vaccine rules imposed by Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 1

Both parents and teachers who oppose school covid vaccine mandates are planning a statewide walkout on Monday, and they say that this is just the beginning according to reports

Fox News reports: News about the planned protest has spread on social media, with organizers suggesting that parents pull their children out of school and that teachers and staff who support the protest stay home. 

California became the first state to mandate vaccinations or coronavirus testing for eligible children to attend in-person classes at public and private schools after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the requirement Oct. 1. Students who don’t comply will be required to do an independent study. There are medical and personal belief exemptions. 

Teachers and staff are also required to get the vaccine or submit to testing. 

The mandate currently affects students in grades 7-12. Those age 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. 

“Parents and concerned citizens all over CA are taking action against the forced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for our children in state schools. We demand parental choice over the bodily autonomy of our children,” a Twitter flyer said, according to the Patch

Oak Run Elementary in Shasta County plans to cancel classes Monday because of the protest, KRCR-TVCR in Redding, California, reported. 

“Parents, educators, and students across the U.S. will engage in peaceful noncompliance activities to remind government officials that individuals should have the final say when it comes to their health,” a letter from the school to families reportedly said. 

Residents against the mandate held a rally in Redding on Friday, holding up signs with slogans such as “My body, my choice,” “Teach freedom,” “Stop the mandate” and “Support parents choice.” 

The mandate took effect Friday. 

“I’m just out here fighting for freedom. I want to see freedom for health care workers. I want to see freedom for educators,” Amy Keurentjes, a doctor and mother of five, told the Record Searchlight newspaper in Redding on Friday.