Emotions ran high on Tuesday night as Turlock Unified School District parents filled the seats at the Board of Trustees meeting, calling for its members to seek alternatives to the masking requirements for students — and it worked.
Following nearly an hour of public comment and even more time spent discussing the legality of the issue, trustees decided to follow nearby Modesto City Schools’ lead and directed staff to draft a letter to the California Department of Public Health asking for local control when it comes to mask mandates. The Modesto Board approved and sent a similar letter last week and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors also voted to support it, which led Turlock parents to ask the same of the TUSD trustees during Tuesday’s meeting.
The letter will not ask for permission to dictate local control of masks, Superintendent Dana Sales-Trevethan pointed out to parents, but rather the ability to follow guidance from Stanislaus County public health officials based on local COVID data instead of the statewide, one-size-fits-all approach currently in place.
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