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Update, Feb. 25: The EGUSD board will hold a special in-person meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Trigg Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road. The agenda of the meeting can be consulted here.

Dozens of protesters on February 15 protested against the state mandate still requiring people to wear masks when inside K-12 schools.

This requirement has been in place on EGUSD campuses since they restored face-to-face classes last spring.

At a Feb. 14 press conference, California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly announced that the school mask requirement remains in effect. He plans to re-evaluate the state’s COVID case data and consider changes to the mask policy on February 28th.

Parents and students who oppose the mask warrant met outside the district’s Trigg Educational Center in Elk Grove on the morning of Feb. 15. Several drivers on Elk Grove-Florin Road blew their horns in support. Some protesters have told the Citizen that they want masks to be optional in schools.

“We’re not here to break the law, we’re here to create elections,” said Trudy Mendoza, a protester who said her granddaughter is being educated at home due to vaccine and mask warrants.

Protests outside the Trigg Center were held on the day the state changed its mask policy to allow vaccinated people not to wear masks in indoor public spaces. Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks in these places. State officials changed the interior mask policy this month in response to falling COVID-19 case rates in California.

Earlier this month, Roseville Joint Union High School District and El Dorado Union High School District Councils decided to lift the mask mandate on their campuses.

“With the lifting of the mask mandate in Roseville … we may be able to do that,” Mendoza said. “With Gavin Newsom raising it for vaccinated adults, it makes no sense why we’re masking our kids now.”

Heidi Moore and her daughter Avrie joined the protest that morning. Avrie told Citizen that wearing a mask for long hours at McGarvey Elementary School caused him headaches and breathing problems.

“It’s very uncomfortable to wear a mask several hours a day,” he said.

Her mother said her children saw teachers and school staff not wearing masks at school.

“The problem I have is extreme hypocrisy,” Heidi said before mentioning that thousands of fans were still allowed not to wear masks in the Super Bowl this month.

Board of Trustees Carmine Forcina expressed her critical opinion on the mandate of school masks at the end of that night’s EGUSD board meeting.

“We did a masterful job of creating fear in children,” she told colleagues during her online meeting. “We certainly know that the restrictions we have been on have been detrimental to the social and emotional well-being of children and their academic performance.”

The school board did not take a position on the state mask mandate that night. Forcina spoke during the meeting when the board was invited to discuss items that were not on his agenda. He hoped the state’s mask mandate would be lifted after Feb. 28.

“I hope this nonsense ends soon,” Forcina said. “Once again, science and studies have shown that schools are a safe place and that children should not be feared. Maybe on February 28, our governor will put all this madness aside. “

Administrator Tony Perez disagreed with Forcina over the mandate of the mask.

“I’m on the other end: masks save lives, period,” he said. “And that’s why schools are safe places to go and learn.”

Both the president of the Xunta, Dr. Crystal Martinez-Alire, like EGUSD superintendent Christopher Hoffman, told Perez that the board will not have a discussion on issues that are not on the agenda.

During his Feb. 14 press conference, Ghaly said he expects his staff to give specific information on Feb. 28 about when the school mask will become a recommendation, not a requirement.

“We don’t make hasty decisions, we take information gathering together to make a decision that is good for California, but we also know that local communities are having these conversations today,” he said.

When the state mandate of interior masks ended the next day, Elk Grove School District officials announced that their district’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies will remain in place for the next two weeks. They also said the inner mask will still be needed.

“Please know that we are aware of the different public opinions on masking and we have listened to it,” district officials said in their Feb. 15 bulletin. “We are required to comply with current health orders, which are designed to curb the spread of the virus in order to keep our schools open.

The district’s website has a “control panel” report of COVID-19 cases among its students and staff. As of Feb. 23, there were 106 active cases of COVID among students and 34 quarantine students in the district serving more than 63,100 students. Elk Grove Unified also reported that there were 10 active cases of COVID on its staff and two quarantined staff members. More than 8,300 employees work in the district.

Since last July, the school district has reported that there have been 6,069 student cases and 9,777 student quarantines.

On Feb. 16, Sacramento County public health officials lifted their order banning local government boards from holding face-to-face meetings. This warrant was issued in early January when COVID-19 rose sharply.

Elk Grove School Board held its Feb. 15 meeting online through the Zoom app, which was before the county order ended. Heidi Moore told Citizen that she suspected the school board was trying to suppress parents’ opinions by limiting them to online meetings.

“They say it’s about security, but it’s about silencing our voices,” he said.

County spokesman Xanthi Soriano told Citizen that the school board plans to resume face-to-face meetings.

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