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Schools Seek State Relief From COVID Blowback

Top school district administrators in Nevada County, including the Superintendent of Schools, have sent a letter to the Governor’s Office, regarding the pandemic. They’re requesting the state ease the burden of implementing COVID mandates. Superintendent Scott Lay says that includes allowing more authority for the county to adjust mask and vaccine requirements to fit local conditions…

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Lay says local school officials are requesting that the state identify specific case benchmarks for lifting the classroom mask mandate. They also want to see the state reach out more directly to parents, making it clear that the state has the authority and not the districts. Also, more clear and detailed information on how parents can engage with the decision-makers. Lay says it’s also vital that the state maintains medical, religious, and personal exemptions from vaccinations. Otherwise, he says an informal survey shows that around 20-percent of parents will pull their children from the classroom and seek independent study programs…

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Lay says the survey also shows 15-percent of staff leaving, if they must get vaccinated. The state’s deadline for full compliance is currently next July.

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