More Northern Californian schools and students are expressing their frustration with California's indoor mask mandate for schools.
Following the recent indoor mask mandate lift for vaccinated individuals in California, high school students walked out of class Tuesday afternoon to protest their district’s mask mandate that has been kept in place despite the statewide loosening of restrictions. School districts reserve the right to keep mandates in place for their students, and some school boards have already begun speaking out against the mandates still in place.
Governor Newsom was slated to speak on Monday on the revision regarding schools, then sent the state's top health official to deliver the message of a delay. "The message today, which I hope is clear, is today a change isn't being made," California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in an online announcement. Ghaly said his department will reassess on Feb. 28 whether the rule should change.
More are planned for this week and several school districts have voted to remove masks ahead of the state's February 28th date.