Anger over mask mandates disrupts school board meetings in SLO County

February 25, 2022

Templeton Unified School District meeting

By KAREN VELIE

Anger, cursing and interruptions marred school board meetings held in Templeton and San Luis Obispo on Thursday during discussions on mask mandates. In both cases, the school boards elected to bring the issue back as an action item in March.

More than 150 people attended the Templeton Unified School District meeting online, and several hundred attended in person. During the discussion, members of the audience regularly interrupted to cheer or disparage speakers.

While the vast majority of the public wanted to end the mask mandate, there were several members of the campus community, including a parent, a teacher and a student, who wanted the mask mandate to continue for safety reasons.

Trustees, however, noted there are both studies that support the mask mandate and studies that dispute the effectiveness of masks.

During the meeting, attendees on Zoom would unmute themselves to yell at speakers or trustees. The district failed to stop the interruptions and bring civility to the contentious discussion.

In the end, the Templeton board voted to bring the mask mandate back as an action item, meaning the board can take a vote on the issue on March 1.

During a Zoom only meeting, San Luis Coastal Unified School District Trustee Eve Dobler-Drew said the focus should be on what is best for students, while noting that 22 school districts in California had already voted to make masks optional. But before she could finish speaking, Board of Trustees President Chris Ungar muted Dobler-Drew, saying it was time to let the public speak.

An attendee unmuted their mic and began cursing at Ungar. The district then muted the public, before informing them of proper meeting protocol.

Ungar then allowed Dobler-Drew to finish her statement.

“I am firmly in favor of making masks optional in our district now,” Dobler-Drew said. “Those who want to can be protected. Those who don’t feel the fear, don’t have to wear them. That’s what I feel is best for our children and I will die on that hill.”

The board is bringing the mask mandate back as a discussion item on March 1, and as an action item on March 15.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration plans to announce revamped masking rules for public school students on Feb. 28, which could end the discussion.


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Ted Slanders

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Relative to the ungodly public school Templeton Unified School District meeting, do you see what happens when they are not a Christian school? In a true Christian school setting, the children and teachers do not have to wear masks because if we do catch any variant of the Covid-19 disease, we are healed from it by Jesus’ inspired words herewith: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:14-15)


Does any Christian want to question Jesus’ inspired words shown above relative to the Covid-19 disease in how to be completely healed from it? Anyone? This is why when a pandemic disease is reaching across our nation, is the reason to become a true Christian to be saved from such diseases, praise!


“You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.” (Exodus 23:25)


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Camus Redux

Times like this, it’s a relief to be an antinatalist – sad but a relief.


shishkabob141

San Luis Coastal can’t hold an in person meeting after more than two years?

Vote these people OUT!


isoslo

Good to see parents expressing their viewpoints


isoslo

Democracy is not always pretty, but I am pleased to see parents stand up to authority and express their feelings about their children.