Two parent groups sued Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials Thursday over rules that require all California schoolchildren to wear face masks for protection against COVID-19 when they begin next month. return to orbit in the fall period beginning.
The groups, the Let Them Breathe and Reopen California School, appealed to Newsom in the San Diego County Superior Court, state public health officer Dr. Tomas Aragon, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Galli and Dr. Filed a lawsuit against Naomi Burdach, a consultant. State on school pandemic safety.
Jonathan Zachresson, founder of Reopen California Schools, an advocacy organization of nearly 16,000 California public school parents, said, “Return to a normal school year is critical to improving mental and physical health for California students who have spent months of isolation. tolerated.”
At least one more lawsuit has been filed in the school demanding masks. The father of a rising senior at Palo Alto High School sued the school district this month after his son was denied admission to a summer history class for not wearing a mask.
Thursday’s complaint argued that the state’s mask mandate for all students regardless of local infection rates is arbitrary, not based on scientific evidence, harmful to students and hinders their education. It further alleges that the state’s guidance on testing of students who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and quarantining to contain the outbreak is unnecessary and cumbersome.
There was no immediate reaction Thursday afternoon at the offices of the governor and the state’s public health department.
The California Department of Public Health said earlier this month that its guidance aligns with recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “by layering several other prevention strategies” such as face masks when students have enough in classrooms. cannot be separated.
“Many school facilities in California cannot fully accommodate physical distancing,” the department said in a statement on July 13. “California will continue to require that masks be worn indoors in school settings, which will also ensure that all children are treated equally.” “
The department said mask enforcement will continue to be handled by local schools “as the state recognizes the unique needs of each district and child,” and that every California school has free testing facilities. Current state health orders require non-vaccinated people to wear masks in indoor public settings and all people in certain settings, including public transportation, health and correctional facilities, and school buildings. Masks are not required outside, where the disease does not spread easily.
COVID-19 vaccines are also not authorized for emergency use for children under 12 years of age. However, children are vulnerable to serious illness or death from disease, which becomes fatal with age and poor health.
The lawsuit, which asks the court to block the state mask order, argues that it is based not on the science of preventing disease but on practical implementation and arbitrary concerns about fairness, and that it conflicts with the rules of private businesses. Inconsistent because the state dropped most pandemic restrictions on June 15.
“In most businesses and government buildings, individuals can ‘self-verify’ that they have been vaccinated through the act of not wearing a mask,” the complaint said. “Thus, the state’s mask mandate is selectively and rarely enforced.”
The complaint states that “most places do not require anyone to wear a mask indoors, including crowded places such as Disneyland, trampoline parks, movie theaters, malls, stores, and sporting events.”
The complaint cited statements from doctors, including a May 26 Washington Post article by four physicians, that “kids should return to their normal lives this summer and into the coming school year, without masks.” And regardless of their vaccination status.”
And it notes studies that have shown that children do not spread COVID-19 in schools and have a lower risk of serious illness and death from illness.
The complaint alleges that face masks harm the ability of students trying to learn English as a second language, and cause health hazards including increased heart rate, decreased oxygen levels, headaches and concentration problems. are formed, which has been disputed by Gali.
Sharon McKeeman, founder of Let Them Breathe, a group of 14,000 parents in California and nationwide, said that if California is concerned about treating all students equally, instead of requiring all students to wear masks, it should “all Children should be allowed. Take off the mask and show your smile.”