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Homeschooling was the main topic at Monday's Oroville parents meeting against the vaccine mandate

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OROVILLE, Calif. - An Oroville parents meeting against the vaccine mandate was held at River of Life Church tonight. 

The event was organized by Scott Thompson, the Senior Pastor at the church and Oroville City Councilmember.

Thompson says the church is not pro or anti-vaccine, they just hosted the meeting to give those parents who are against the vaccine mandate, more options. 

Action News Now was not allowed to record video on the property but was allowed to attend the meeting tonight. Thompson denied an interview. 

Many speakers discussed the pros and cons of homeschooling through a co-op or co-parenting method, independent, online schooling, charter school and private school programs. 

These options do not currently require a COVID-19 vaccine for students. 

Throughout the meeting, several parents were concerned about how to start the homeschooling process but were not wanting their children to stay in a state-run school. 

Several parents said the options are not against the vaccine, it's about having the choice to take it or not. 

The message spread through the meeting tonight was that these parents are not alone, they are in the same boat as many others who are against the vaccine mandate, but still need schooling for their children. 

The Facebook event post states that they feel these decisions are up to the parents and individuals, not the government. 

They will hold their next meeting on Nov. 1.

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