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California Governor Gavin Newsom (then Lieutenant Governor) riding in the Golden State Warriors Parade in Oakland, CA, Jun. 12, 2018. (Photo: Amir Aziz/Shutterstock)

California Parents Urge School Boards to Lift Masking of Kids in School

Parents are showing these political ‘elites’ that it is time to worry

By Katy Grimes, February 13, 2022 10:40 am

With the Super Bowl in Los Angeles this weekend, taking place while California remains constricted under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s two-year old State of Emergency, parents are livid that their children are still being forced to wear masks in schools. 80,000 Sports fans get to have fun while kids are abused in school, which is mandatory attendance by law.

This is particularly poignant, especially after “MaskGate” two weekends ago at the NFC Championship game in Los Angeles, where photos on social media brought us images of unmasked California Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, posing for pics with Magic Johnson, despite the Los Angeles County mask mandate and SoFi Stadium requirements.

Some school districts have seen the light and are loosening or terminating their masking restrictions. The Roseville High School District just unanimously voted to make masks optional for students starting on Tuesday, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley noted.

New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon and Nevada all announced that they would drop indoor masking requirements last week.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is the latest Democrat governor to ease or remove mask mandates, citing “science” as justification to immediately suspend the mask mandate, The Nevada Globe reported.

This was the reaction at a Las Vegas elementary school:

Parents are holding “No Mask” rallies Tuesday across the state:

In a heartfelt plea, this parent of five kids took to email to urge Sacramento’s San Juan Unified School District Superintendent to toss out the mask mandate – because “science” and “data”:

Superintendent Kern and Board Members,

I urge you to add an item to the agenda for February 15th’s board meeting that allows masking to be optional indoors and outdoors for all students in San Juan Unified School District. If you need a template, the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) Board approved such a resolution last night. You can view it here:


I am aware that your agendas are crafted 2 weeks out, but with the Governor signaling changes in his mask rules for February 15th, it is appropriate not to delay relieving our children of this awful, completely ineffective and destructive policy. If you find it impossible not to agendize this or a similar resolution before your 3 day notice window, then I would encourage you to make this an emergency item as provided in the Brown Act (Government Code 54956).

Why the urgency?

Two years in, and the research literature is now becoming increasingly clear: face masks are ineffective against airborne viruses. The Brownstone Institute has produced a compilation of 167 comparative studies and articles attesting to the harm and ineffectiveness of compulsory masking.So the primary question we now face is as follows: Why would we continue forcing students, our lowest at-risk group, to remain masked at schools when we know children do not readily acquire SARS-CoV-2 (very low risk), spread it to other children or teachers, or endanger parents or others at home. Moreover, in the rare cases where a child contracts Covid virus, they have a 99.995 percent chance of survival.

California has seen a 65% drop in coronavirus cases.

This past week the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon and Nevada all announced that they would drop indoor masking requirements. This included an immediate or hastened phase out for indoor school mandates.

The students of Sacramento County have already suffered through two years of school lockdowns. Our senior has barely had a “normal” high school experience and has lost most of the coming of age experiences that many of us revel in. My heart is broken that adults could torture our children for so long even as they spiral in every conceivable way. Your intransigence is no longer acceptable.

I align myself with the words of Dr. Jeanne Noble, Director of COVID-19 response for the UCSF Emergency Department at the University of California, San Francisco who states “Kids don’t need to be masked. Full stop. They have minuscule risk of serious illness or death from COVID.”

If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught, it is the necessity of believing in science, of following the science; and now the science is leading unmistakably to an unavoidable conclusion: Children should not be masked in school.

Under no circumstance should the children of San Juan Unified School District be forced to endure antiquated regulations and mandates while the rest of the United States and world begins their return to normalcy. Should students desire to wear a mask in concern for their health and safety, they should be free to do so. However, it is time to stop perpetuating this Covid fear porn and mass psychosis theater on our most vulnerable students. They’ve already suffered enough.


Lance Christensen

Parent of 5 children of which 4 have been students in the San Juan Unified School District for 13 years

Former Assistant Chair of SJUSD Facilities, Transportation & Finance Committee

The people of California now know the governor and elected officials, who have been repeatedly caught violating their own “emergency” mandates this past two years, think of themselves as the “elite” class, a more advanced form of human than the unwashed masses. Parents are showing these political “elites” that it is time to worry.

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19 thoughts on “California Parents Urge School Boards to Lift Masking of Kids in School

  1. Bonds for the Win will help parents initiate claims on Surety Bonds to end mandates (bondsforthewin.com).
    Masks are depriving children of vital oxygen… causes inflammation and increases risk of diabetes, hypertension; your body is trying to breath, can’t maintain homeostasis, overwhelmed by CO2 as it tries to obtain more oxygen; CO2 increases risk of cancer and cardiovascular; hypoxia; infantigo.

    Case #22012509 ‘Murder and Crimes Against Humanity’ Sonoma County Sheriff (per Michelle Ford)
    Report vaccine deaths, adverse reactions, hospital malpractice (heart attacks, blood clots, stroke, remdesivir use)
    This is a direct action that will implicate anyone pushing the vaccine (news, schools, public officials, pharmacist, etc)

    1. Eddy, don’t choose to be a “victim” of this Mass Formation Psychosis. People on this forum know better:
      “Mass formation psychosis is when a large part of a society focuses its attention to a leader (s) or a series of events and their attention focuses on one small point or issue. Followers can be hypnotized and be led anywhere, regardless of data proving otherwise.”

  2. Should have added that it’s so good and I am very grateful to see this movement of parent pressure. It could make all the difference here. Anytime political elites are worried it is great news.

  3. I sincerely hope that when the 2022 election comes around there are more parents who are aganist masking their kids then are for masking their kids. Becuase we need to get rid of this guy. I remember reading a tweet where some guy claimed while at the voting booth he talked a couple out of voting Yes on the recall and for Larry Elder until this tweeter said to them “He is anti mask.” And the couple just gasped and changed their minds right there and then. Which of course the anti mask talk was a total lie that Gruesome spread in his tv ads and elsewhere. Larry is anti mask mandate not anti mask. This is California. We live in the land of fruits and nuts and flakes.

  4. Well, let’s see….masking and mandating has NOT worked yet-
    so let’s KEEP doing it !
    Why would We do that ?
    Because it sucks to admit that the virus is smarter than We are ?
    I understand it is difficult to say ‘ I was wrong’
    but it is an absolute MUST for those who hold OUR lives in their hands.
    -We need Our legislators to grow a pair and TAKE BACK the emergency
    powers from the Governor, because California is no longer in ‘PERIL’.
    (Clearly, the idea of three distinct and separate branches of power ,
    as put forth in the California Constitution,
    does not provide the ‘checks and balances’ needed
    to function properly in a ‘one party’ state.)
    -We need to mandate an END PLAN , immediately ,
    or We will lock them OUT of the Capitol.
    ( Why are We paying them to destroy Our lives ?)
    So….What are WE going to do about it?
    Move out of state ?
    Wait for the next election ?
    Sit and watch while those in power decimate Our Golden State ?
    -The State that We have worked so hard for, only to be shafted by this Governor
    while he balances HIS budget on Our backs?
    -The State that is allowing OUR homes to burn while the utility companies charge more and do less-
    that is OUR new normal!
    I wonder how many elected officials lost THEIR homes to this new normal ?
    (Is our new normal THEIR new normal ) ?
    ….When the power is cut off for a week, do they have to scramble to get power to seniors
    and disabled people that RELY on it for oxygen / electric wheelchairs?
    WE DO !

  5. Looking only at case numbers is misguided. We should take into account severity levels, death rates, age group risk factors, and negative consequences of blanket solutions without taking age and other factors into account. Even with the previous less mild variant, the chances of pediatric mortality for the 0-9 age group was 0.016% (on 9/15/2021). Basically insignificant. In order to “protect” toddlers and kids from a very slim (almost zero) chance of death, we are associating school with traumatic experiences (subjecting them to weekly tests and mask-wearing) and forever leaving an emotional scar in their minds and hearts. Contrary to popular belief, wearing masks for kids is costly. Early childhood is considered a critical period for the development of understanding emotions, emotion processing, and learning language. A mask obstructing a face limits the ability of people of all ages to infer emotions expressed by facial features, but the difficulties associated with the mask’s use are significantly pronounced in children. Wearing a mask affects the development of social and emotion reasoning. In addition, young children’s future social abilities should be monitored to assess the true impact of the use of masks.
    Just looking at the science (see the link below from CDC’s own website), only 1% of all pediatric deaths (age 0-17) have involved covid since the beginning of the pandemic. Note that “involved” doesn’t necessarily mean cause of death (e.g. a cancer patient that became infected with covid and died from cancer is lumped up in this number as well), so this is likely over-counting.
    The cost of what the California politicians have done in the name of “saving lives” is staggering and the gain was almost zero compared to the states that did not go insane. An absolute disaster.

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