REDDING, Calif. - A year and a half of school pandemic safety has frustrated parents saying enough.
A school walkout across the state is set for Oct. 18. In Redding, a group of people plans to meet at the Riverfront Park, next to Sundial Bridge, to rally against the vaccine mandates on Monday.
Schuyler Wilson’s kids attend University Preparatory School and Turtle Bay Elementary School. His kids are participating in the walkout.
“There's a lot of emotions attached to this and there's a lot of upset parents,” said Wilson. “This isn't just a one-time thing. This is a movement now, and it's not going to stop on one day.”
Wilson said the walkout is about the freedom to choose.
“I'm not an anti-vaxer or pro-vaxer, I'm pro-liberty,” said Wilson. “It's gradually getting to the point where we are losing a lot of our freedoms and liberties.”
Wilson told Action News Now he’s also looked at homeschooling options for kids.
But U-Prep still plans to be open on Monday.
Schools within the Shasta Union High School District also plan to remain open.
On an announcement made on the Shasta Union High School District website, Superintendent Jim Cloney said “I recognize that it is a well-established right to peacefully protest in our state and country, but we also will fulfill our obligation to serve our students as we do every day of the school year.”
The district said students who miss school for personal reasons, like attending a protest, are considered unexcused absences. But one unexcused absence will not result in any disciplinary action. But teachers are not required to allow students to make up work missed due to unexcused absences.
The Redding School District also said it “will be open every day this month as promised”.
Click here to read the announcement by the Redding School District.