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CUSD will require masks for students and teachers in the fall

The school board, in a 4-1 vote, accepted the Reopening Plan for the Fall 2021 semester. This aligns with the state's school mask mandate where everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear one.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 11:40 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2021 10:17 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Masks will be required for all students and teachers at all Chico Unified Schools in the fall.

Parents were frustrated over the mask mandate even though its required state-wide.

At Pleasant Valley High School, the Chico Unified School Board agreed on a reopening plan that aligns with the state's public health mandate for all students to wear masks when inside the classroom.

"Unmask our kids!" chanted several parents and students, wanting the board to drop the mask requirement in school.

California Department of Public Health is requiring all students and teachers regardless of vaccination status to wear a face-covering when inside the classroom.

But several parents came to show their frustration over sending their children to school another year with a face-covering.

"I don't see that it's right," said parent Kaliahna Tripp. "All of our stores, you can go into any store in town right now and there's no one saying anything."

"It feels awkward, it feels different it doesn't feel like normal," said Tripp's son Bishop.

"I think it should be parents' choice," said Amber Brown, a CUSD parent. "Parents should have the right to choose what's best for their child. Parents should choose."

Students can go on campus without a mask, but they must wear a face covering once they step foot into the classroom.

RELATED: Proposed reopening plan for Chico Unified schools include full time instruction, safety measures

One parent said he wants to see more vaccinations and fewer cases of the virus before he can get behind allowing his children back in school without the mask.

"I just feel like getting 30 kids in a small enclosed room shoulder to shoulder without having the opportunity to get a vaccination or to protect themselves, is just irresponsible right now," said Nathan Methvin-Terry.

Right now, only students aged 12 and up, like incoming Junior Merissa Methvin-Terry can get the vaccine.

"The mask itself did not bother me a whole lot, what bothered me was the partial learning," said Merissa. "Masks don't prove to be an obstacle."

"So close to the finish line, it's just not a great time to let our foot off the gas with this," said Nathan.

Part of agreeing on the reopening plan was to have another meeting on August 4, to make any possible changes to the reopening plan before the start of the school year.

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