HAPPY VALLEY, Calif. - The Happy Valley Union School Board voted to not comply with any mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students and staff at their school board meeting tonight.
The Happy Valley Elementary School Gym was filled with parents, teachers, and community members all letting their voices be heard on vaccine mandates.
Most people who spoke during public comment did not approve of the vaccines, especially vaccinating children.
Rick Mall, a Happy Valley Union School District (HVUSD) parent, expressed his concern over the vaccine and wanted the school district to take a stand.
“And yeah, we’re risking a lot but really, are we?” Mall said. “If we’re looking at the steps forward, and they’re going to take it [The COVID-19 vaccine] anyway, I think we need to pave the way and say no. This is what we’re doing, this is Happy Valley, this is our spot.”
The board agreed with the community, voting 3-1 to not support staff vaccine mandates, and unanimously to oppose student vaccine mandates.
Teachers can still be tested for COVID-19 weekly, but parents and community members were more concerned with rejecting any future vaccine mandates for students.
HVUSD Superintendent Sherry Craig expressed concern that rejecting the mandates would be a distraction to the district and teaching the over 450 students they serve.
Craig declined to comment on what will happen to unvaccinated staff members after the Oct. 15 deadline for California teachers to be vaccinated and what not complying with the mandates means for the district.