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50 maskless Paso Robles High School students. (Photo: Hunter Breese)

Paso Robles High School Teachers Grading Students Based On Face Mask Obedience

California students fighting for ‘mask choice’

By Allan Stevo, February 18, 2022 10:43 am

After a recent face mask protest at Paso Robles High School, some students started talking with each other about how they have been graded by teachers on face mask obedience at the school. Students have collected and verified the following teachers at Paso Robles High School have graded and evaluated students based on the level of obedience they showed in their mask use: Jennifer Fuller, Deborah McPherson, Amanda Logan, Geoffrey Land, Joshua Gwiazda, and Alexander Engle. 

In response, this week 50 Paso Robles High students walked into the high school unmasked in violation of the recommendation and policies of the high school, county, and state. The students continued onward unmasked into the classroom. Soon, another 50-75 students joined them. (Photo above)

Participating students expressed a demand to end the masking mandates. 

During an interview on Fox and Friends Thursday February 17th, Paso Robles High Senior Hunter Breese revealed to host Brian Kilmeade that teachers were grading and evaluating students on masks use and compliance. “Some teachers put it under the category of participation to hide what they are doing. They tell their students, though, that mask enforcement and obedient mask wearing will be a part of the participation grade,” said Breese. Watch the short news clip at Fox and Friends.

Located in San Luis Obispo, California, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees, the governing board of the school, has repeatedly seen leadership rebuff agenda items related to ending the mandates, calling such action out of its control.

A closer look at Breese’s own online grade book from social studies teacher Geoffrey Land’s class last semester indicates Land had no fear of repercussion from district leadership, as he twice mentioned mask compliance being a problem for Breese. 

As an illustration, for a September 2, 2021 assignment, the teacher commented four times on the project in the online grade book. Two of the four comments related to mask compliance. One comment read “Mask not always in palce.” [sic]

Breese received a 15 out of 20 on the grade book entry, with no additional mention of why he would have been marked down. 

Tuesday night, February 22, 2022, the district school board will meet to re-evaluate district enforcement of mask mandates during their regularly scheduled board meeting. That night, they will also take up the issue of censuring Superintendent Curt Dubost and President Chris Arend for illegally blocking previous board votes on face mask mandates. 

Online grading for Hunter Breese. (Photo: Hunter Breese)
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13 thoughts on “Paso Robles High School Teachers Grading Students Based On Face Mask Obedience

  1. These leftist educators are, unintentionally, turning the mandates into a perfect Civics course for their high school students and their parents. What better way to promote self-education on the Bill of Rights and community involvement, than for educators to violate/desecrate those rights in the classroom/school?

  2. Kudos, to everyone who had the courage to expand on their views! Thank you, maybe they will open the eyes of the sheep!

  3. Sounds like it’s time to ask some board members to be replaced. The issues and the promises made in the last election made it pretty clear what the majority wants. What we got were posers either in lock step with, or complete fear of Sacramento and that liberal bunch on the other side of the grade that only tolerate people on this side for tax revenue.

  4. I am on the Paso Robles school board, currently serving as president. We heard the accusation about students’s being graded on mask compliance the first time last week, Our administration is now looking into the matter. Such grading is NOT our school district policy.

    Mr. Stevo’s comment about “repeatedly rebuffing agenda items” is completely false. The law and our Bylaws provide that any member of the public can submit an agenda item falling within our “subject matter jurisdiction”. The item must be submitted at least one week before a meeting. However, neither the law nor our bylaws require that the item be place on the agenda for the NEXT meeting; rather, we are allowed sufficient time to “research and consider” the item. One of the items Mr. Stevo submitted in the afternoon of 1 Feb. for our agenda, namely, lifting the mask mandate and also adopting specific rules for interpreting exemptions was outside our subject matter jurisdiction because the mandate and its interpretation do not fall within our “subject matter jurisdiction” and instead fall under the jurisdiction of state and county health authorities. However, we have subject matter jurisdiction about defying the mask mandate. A corresponding draft resolution is on the agenda for the upcoming meeting on 22 Feb.

    Mr. Stevo’s other two items are on the agenda for 22 Feb., together with another couple of items calling on us to fire and “censure” our superintendent and me and remove me from the position of president of the board because we did not immediately put his items (submitted at the last minute) on the 8 Feb. agenda. Mr. Stevo could have consulted with us about his concerns, but instead has chose to grandstand.

  5. I am on the Paso Robles school board, currently serving as president. We heard the accusation about students’s being graded on mask compliance the first time last week, Our administration is now looking into the matter. Such grading is NOT our school district policy.

    Mr. Stevo’s comment about “repeatedly rebuffing agenda items” is completely false. The law and our Bylaws provide that any member of the public can submit an agenda item falling within our “subject matter jurisdiction”. The item must be submitted at least one week before a meeting. However, neither the law nor our bylaws require that the item be place on the agenda for the NEXT meeting; rather, we are allowed sufficient time to “research and consider” the item. One of the items Mr. Stevo submitted in the afternoon of 1 Feb. for our agenda, namely, lifting the mask mandate and also adopting specific rules for interpreting exemptions was outside our subject matter jurisdiction because the mandate and its interpretation do not fall within our “subject matter jurisdiction” and instead fall under the jurisdiction of state and county health authorities. However, we have subject matter jurisdiction about defying the mask mandate. A corresponding draft resolution is on the agenda for the upcoming meeting on 22 Feb.

    Mr. Stevo’s other two items are on the agenda for 22 Feb., together with another couple of items calling on us to fire and “censure” our superintendent and me and remove me from the position of president of the board because we did not immediately put his items (submitted at the last minute) on the 8 Feb. agenda. Mr. Stevo could have consulted with us about his concerns, but instead has chose to grandstand.

    Be that as it may, Mr. Stevo and everyone else is invited to attend the meeting on 22 February and provide public comment (maximum of 3 minutes per speaker and maximum of 20 minutes for all speakers on any one agenda item). We convene at 5:30 pm for closed session, and open session will start around 6:00 pm.

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