Durham School District fearful of losing staff if they comply with vaccine mandate

The Durham School District voted unanimously to approve a letter to send to the state capitol demanding a halt to the vaccine mandate for students and staff.

Posted: Oct 20, 2021 10:28 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2021 11:04 AM

DURHAM, Calif. - The Durham Unified School Board voted unanimously to approve a letter they will send to Governor Gavin Newsom's office requesting the state to recommend the vaccine for students and staff instead of requiring it.

Durham Unified School board voted at Durham High School's Library to tell the state they wish to not require the vaccine for students and staff.

"The motion is passed unanimously," said School Board President Ed McLaughlin.

Durham School Board stood up to the state to not enforce the vaccine mandate on school districts across the state.

James Yuhasz is a Durham school parent of two boys, he does not want his children to get the vaccine.

"I'm suggesting that the freedom of choice be preserved. To promote the vaccine as an option is one thing, but to require a vaccine for people is a completely different thing. Total government overreach," said Yuhasz.

But more important to him, he doesn't want the vaccine imposed on other children.

Other parents agree, a sign posted outside the meeting reads, "You have to do what is right for you, no one walks in your shoes."

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Plenty of parents have slippers and boots in support, and even some staff members.

The school board already had a letter prepared to send to Sacramento that asked for the vaccine to be a recommendation.

"I don't want to require any mandate, I don't want to recommend it," said one of the School Board Members.

However, a big reason why the district doesn't want to comply with the mandate is because of the effects that could come from it.

"We have about 25% of our staff that has chosen to not yet get vaccinated," said Superintendent John Bohannon." And we're afraid that we're going to lose staff, and we're afraid that is going to make things even worse."

Action News Now reached out to the Governor's Office today to ask what happens when a school board sends in a letter asking the requirement to turn into a recommendation, we have yet to hear back.

Thermalito School District is expected to discuss its decision on the mandate on October 26th.

Happy Valley School District decided to not comply with the mandate.

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