Paso Robles school board votes to defy the state, no mask mandate

February 22, 2022

By KAREN VELIE

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District voted 5-2 on Tuesday to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mask mandate for schools, and to allow students to decide if they want to wear a mask at school.

More than a dozen students and parents spoke against the mandate, and for student choice. Multiple speakers chastised teachers who adversely graded students they caught not properly wearing their masks.

Board members and speakers spoke of the hypocrisy of making students, the least vulnerable in the community, wear masks at school while adults are not required to wear masks in most settings.

Only one speaker, a teacher, supported continuing the mask mandate.

Trustees Tim Gearhart and Nathan Williams dissented. Gearhart voiced concerns that defying the governor could open the district up to legal liability, which he said was his only concern. Williams said he supported ending the mask mandate, but he wanted to wait until after Newson speaks on the issue.

The ordinance to defy the state’s mask mandate was effective immediately following the vote.


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Ted Slanders

For Christ’s sake, I get so sick and tired of this mask mandate, whereas if a Christian actually reads their Bible, we do not need to wear masks regarding whatever version of Covid-19 is current and that we may catch if not wearing masks, nor if we were not vaccinated.


This is because if we do catch the 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)


As any Christian can see in the passage above, it is a “twofer,” because not only will be healed from Covid-19 by our church elders, no matter what division of the faith that your church represents, we will also be forgiven of our current sins as well, praise!