OC Board of Education Panel Calls for a Fall Return to Classes with No Masks or Distancing

If Guv Newsom gives them a chance, the students in Orange County will be allowed an education.  If he doesn’t, OC education will be of Third World quality, for those students that even pay attention or attend a couple of hours a week in the online pretend education program.  Of course, though students do not get an education, the schools will continue to be fully as paid if they were working for the kids.

“The report also specifically cited concerns about masks and social distancing harming children multiple times. 

“Requiring children to wear masks during school is not only difficult – if not impossible to implement – but not based on science. It may even be harmful,” the board’s report read under its recommendations. 

A lower section of the report linked social distancing with harmful effects on children. 

“Because of the established link between social-distancing and child harm, we cannot support extraordinary efforts aimed at social-distancing at school,” the report said. “Mandatory masks may well lead to a spike in childhood behavior problems such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, and depression to name a few.” 

You read that right—Newsoms’ “education” policies could lead to learning disabilities!  Why does he hate your children?  Another reason to recall him at www.recallgavin2020.com

OC Board of Education Panel Calls for a Fall Return to Classes with No Masks or Distancing

By Noah Biesiada, Voice of OC,  7/12/20   

The Orange County Board of Education is hosting a special meeting tomorrow, where officials are expected to recommend that schools return in the fall — without implementing the use of face masks, social distancing or reduced class sizes. 

The board of education panel recommendations apply for all ages between kindergarten and 12th grade, and state that children represent the lowest risk and that as a result, major changes will not be implemented. 

Board of Education Meeting

When: 6 p.m. Monday, July 13

Where: Zoom online meeting. Connect by using this meeting link or go to Zoom.us and enter meeting ID 840 9228 0768 or connect by audio only by calling 1-669-900-6833 and enter meeting ID 840 9228 0768.

Agenda: July 13 Meeting

Public Participation: Submit a speaker card with your public comments to [email protected] – comments send before 10 a.m. July 13 will be read during the meeting by a staff member. Comments sent after 10 a.m. but before the meeting will be added to the official transcript but not read aloud. Speakers will fill in their name and select if they want to address the board during general public comments and are then asked to attend the meeting via Zoom.

The recommendations also sought to give parents options, calling remote learning an “utter failure,” and allows parents to send their children to a new district with every day in class instruction. 

The recommendations are being sent out as many school districts across the county are meeting to determine plans for whether or not students will return this fall.  

One of the experts on the panel – which included a county supervisor and the head of Orange County’s Health Care Agency – was quoted anonymously as saying, “This is a disease that kills our most elderly and spares our children. It may sound callous, but would we want it the other way around?”

The report also specifically cited concerns about masks and social distancing harming children multiple times. 

“Requiring children to wear masks during school is not only difficult – if not impossible to implement – but not based on science. It may even be harmful,” the board’s report read under its recommendations. 

A lower section of the report linked social distancing with harmful effects on children. 

“Because of the established link between social-distancing and child harm, we cannot support extraordinary efforts aimed at social-distancing at school,” the report said. “Mandatory masks may well lead to a spike in childhood behavior problems such as learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, and depression to name a few.” 

“We have hurt hundreds of thousands of more children than we have helped,” said Dr. Sherry Kropp, one of the panelists, in the report. 

The report also spoke out against distance learning, calling it an “utter failure,” and said that school districts that were “unable or unwilling to reopen schools in a manner that resumes a typical classroom environment and school atmosphere,” should help parents transfer their children to different districts where those opportunities were offered. 

“(Distance learning) produced irregular attendance by children, and teachers simply (generally through no lack of effort) unable to manage distracted children in multiple locations,” the report said. “Its reliance on parental oversight is also a fatal weakness.” 

The recommendations come as many school districts are approving their back to school plans, many of which feature an all online track and a hybrid track that would see students at school part time. 

Institutions of higher learning in the area, like the University of Southern California and Cal State Fullerton, have largely embraced online instruction for the Fall semester. 

Local school districts obtain funding based on how many pupils are registered, meaning that school districts seeing a mass exodus of students will lose needed funding. 

The Orange County Board of Education guidelines also fly directly in the face of the proposed measures from the California Department of Education, which released its recommended guidelines for reopening last month. 

“(California Department of Education) recommends all staff and students should wear cloth face coverings or face shields while at school or on a bus, and maintain 6 feet of physical distance during school activities,” written on the first page of the state’s guidebook to reopening schools. 

The group continues to update its guidelines, with the latest update available here.

A change.org petition has already gathered over 1600 signatures as of Sunday afternoon calling for the county to follow state guidelines. 

Some of the panel’s other sources also explicitly recommended guidance that they chose to go against multiple times, or featured contextual details that were left out in the county’s presentation. 

The study directly quoted an NPR article discussing child care centers that had remained open in New York, an early virus hotspot, and how those centers had not seen any virus outbreaks. 

But in that same article, NPR broke down how adults and children at those facilities implemented strict social distancing protocols, including breaking the kids off into small groups and keeping them separate from one another, and that face masks were mandatory for all staff and kids. 

The report also extensively referenced and quoted from guidance released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, using their guidelines to discuss how children and adolescents are much less likely to spread the virus. 

But that same study, which was attached to the county’s report, advised face coverings for elementary school children “when harms do not outweigh benefits,” and said that desks should be placed three to six feet apart if feasible. 

It also endorsed the use of masks in all secondary schools, and said that physical distancing could have a greater effect there. 

The panel that recommended the county guidelines featured multiple members of the county’s health response, including Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau and County Supervisor Don Wagner.

Wagner has been one of the leading voices on the board opposing the mandatory nature of the mask order imposed by former health officer Dr. Nichole Quick before she resigned last month

Other members of the panel included Dr. Steven Abelowitz, Dr. Michael Eilbert, Dr. Mike Fitzgibbons, Dr. Simone Gold, Joel Kotkin, Sherry Kropp, PhD, Dr. Mark McDonald, Larry Sand and Michael A. Shires, Ph.D.  

That panel previously hosted a special meeting last month to hear from members of the public, with over 1,000 people in attendance either online or in person hotly debating whether or not children should return and what guidelines should be put in place. 

The board will only be allowing 30 minutes for public comment, limited to three minutes per speaker, and will start at 6 p.m. Monday.

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Comments

  1. Otis Needleman says

    Good idea, but I would advocate using masks. Matter of fact, time to reopen EVERYTHING, just have people were masks in public buildings or public areas of private buildings. Masks to be worn if attending an outside event, such as a concert or athletic event. Spectators wear masks, participants need not wear masks.

    We cannot go on this way. People can’t keep being jerked around, having a job one day than not the next due to Newsom. Education from pre-school to med school has been disrupted, yet the young are the least likely to get the ChiCom Flu.

    We need to be concerned about possible food riots, not because of a shortage of food, but because NEWSOM WILL NOT LET PEOPLE GO TO WORK. Doubt anything like this has ever happened in human history.

    And what sort of “leader” blesses “protesters” but persecutes believers? Think about it.

    If you want to go back to work, go back to school, go back to worship, recall Newsom.

  2. William Hicks says

    It sounds like OC is following science and observations of most other civilized nations like Sweden, Germany, France, Great Britain and Canada.

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