Parents and teachers in California who oppose school vaccination mandates are planning a statewide walkout on Monday, according to reports.
Word of the planned protest has spread on social media, with organizers suggesting that parents remove their children from school and that teachers and staff supporting the protest stay at home.
California became the first state to require vaccinations or coronavirus testing for children eligible to attend in-person classes at public and private schools after Governor Gavin Newsom signed the requirement on Oct. 1. Students who do not comply will be required to take an independent study exam. There are medical and personal belief exemptions.
Teachers and staff are also required to be vaccinated or be tested.
The mandate currently covers students in grades 7 to 12. People 12 years of age and older are eligible for the vaccine.
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“Parents and concerned citizens across California are taking action against the forced mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine for our children in public schools. We demand parental choice over bodily autonomy for our children,” said a Twitter flyer, according to the Patch.
Oak Run Elementary in Shasta County plans to cancel classes on Monday due to the protest, KRCR-TVCR reported in Redding, Calif.
“Parents, educators, and students across the United States will engage in peaceful non-compliance activities to remind government officials that individuals should have the final say in their health,” one reportedly said. letter from school to families.
Residents opposing the warrant staged a rally in Redding on Friday, holding up placards with slogans such as “My Body, My Choice”, “Teach Freedom”, “Stop the Warrant” and “Support Parents’ Choice.”
The mandate came into effect on Friday.
“I am right here fighting for freedom. I want to see freedom for healthcare workers. I want to see freedom for educators,” Amy Keurentjes, doctor and mother of five, told Record newspaper on Friday. Searchlight in Redding.
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Protester Katie Gorman told the newspaper the planned walkout was just the beginning. “We can go further and we can take our rights and our responsibilities to educate our own children in the end and we can do it as a community.”
No estimate of the size of the statewide walkout was reported, but the news had spread across the state from northern to southern California.
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