A proposed resolution pushing back on the State of California’s mandate for all school children to be vaccinated in order to return to school next year goes before the Westminster School District Board of Trustees when it meets on Friday.
If the board approves the resolution, it would be in favor of asking the state to allow a medical exemption that would allow pupils to attend classes in person without being vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 1, 2022.
Under an order by Gov. Gavin Newsom, all California students and school staff must be vaccinated. At present, no medical or religious exemptions are allowed.
The proposed resolution states that “implementing [a] vaccine mandate is causing division and stress amongst the community and leaders” and adds that “many parents … are very concerned with subjecting their young children to a vaccination for which there is no longitudinal data.”
That term refers to “data that is collected through a series of repeated observations of the same subjects over some extended time frame.”
The resolution notes that in a self-reporting survey of parents in the WSD, 59 percent of families who responded to the survey opposed the mandate, 20 percent indicated they would consider a virtual learning alternative, 15 percent would consider home schooling their children and 7 percent would consider “other options.”
Also on the agenda for the meeting – which will be conducted in person – are consideration of a tentative agreement with the Westminster Teachers Association, and the annual reorganization of the board to select a president, vice president and clerk.
A closed session is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the open session scheduled for 7 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the Mendez Board Room of the WSD offices at 14121 Cedarwood St. in Westminster. The WSD is a K-8 district serving most of Westminster and portions of adjoining communities.