Hundreds of Oakdale students refuse to wear masks, in violation of California mandate

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About 375 Oakdale Joint Unified students refused to wear masks on Wednesday as parents protested California’s mask mandate outside campuses, Superintendent Dave Kline said. The student action continued Thursday, according to the district.

Students who did not wear or accept masks across all grade levels created a “difficult” and time-consuming situation for school officials, who are required by law to ensure students wear face coverings indoors, Kline said Wednesday. “Small numbers” of people protested, he said. “They’re very upset with the mask mandate,” Kline said.

“They want to see that going away.”

But, he added, “This is something that we’re still required to do.”

Numbers of students not wearing masks and parents protesting Thursday were not available by The Bee’s print deadline.

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