REDDING, Calif. - Parents, teachers, and community members are taking the COVID-19 mandate battle to local leaders in Shasta County.
Teachers, students, and parents who were part of Monday’s walkout were at Tuesday’s meeting, demanding the board to stand up to the COVID-19 mandates.
They packed the chambers this morning, some wearing shirts saying “Freedom Not Force” and “I will not comply”. Signs were even posted outside the Board Chambers.
One teacher who spoke at Monday's meeting said it should be up to each person whether to get vaccinated.
“I work in education. I'm risking my job right now for what I'm standing for,” said one public speaker. “I stand against this mandate. I’m not saying I’m against the vaccine. I know that people need to make that choice and I’m here because I believe people need to make that choice.”
County leaders listened to them but said they have no jurisdiction over the state school vaccine mandates.
“The mandates that they are putting on the teachers is something that the school boards control, not the county,” said Supervisor Leonard Moty. “We have no authority to change that.”
Supervisor Patrick Jones made several motions opposing the state's COVID-19 mandates but each time the supervisors voted it down.
Supervisor Jones made a motion to send another letter to the Governor's office against vaccine mandates. Supervisor Baugh seconded that motion. But in the end, supervisors voted 3-2 to not send another letter to the Governor's Office.
Supervisor Jones also made another motion to discuss eliminating the State of Emergency declaration at the next board meeting. But supervisors also voted down that item 3-2.
Back on Sept. 14, the board adopted a resolution opposing state vaccine mandates.