Riverside Parents Wait Over 6 Hours to Comment on Mask and Vaccine Mandates

During Riverside Unified School District’s (RUSD) most recent Board of Education meeting, some parents and teachers were forced to wait until after midnight to voice concerns over COVID-19 vaccine requirements for staff and mask mandates for students. Health and safety guidelines for the school district require students to wear face masks on buses, in all indoor areas including indoor athletics and extracurricular activities, with the exception of wrestling. Students playing wind instruments are provided modified masks and are required to maintain six feet of distancing when indoors. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires all certificated and classified staff, walk-on coaches, substitutes, tutors, and volunteers who are on-site at a school or supporting a school function be fully vaccinated or be tested weekly as of Oct. 15. RUSD began testing its employees this week. Like current mandatory vaccine requirements for mumps and measles in order to attend California public …

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