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L.A. Schools Will Require Non-Cloth Masks (Even for Sports) and Vaccination Next Year

School choice is the best alternative for parents who are reasonably frustrated with this insanity.

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Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is about to get even stricter with its COVID-19 mitigation requirements: The country's second-largest public school district will force students to wear non-cloth masks that have a nose wire, even while they are outside or playing sports.

L.A. is also slated to add a vaccination requirement for all students, which will take effect January 1, 2023.

The district's mask policy was updated on its website late last week. It states that  "masking will be required at all times, indoors and outdoors. It is required that all students wear well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire." Staff will have to wear surgical grade masks.

The policy includes no exceptions—and no acknowledgment that masks have proven to be disruptive to various educational, social, and physical activities. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that masks could make it more difficult for young children to learn how to read. Several months ago, the CDC quietly revised its masking guidance and encouraged schools to let these students wear cloth masks, or even transparent masks.

Many other students find it difficult to exercise and participate in sports while wearing masks. It makes little sense to require young people to keep masking up under these circumstances, when outside the school setting, there is practically zero expectation that people wear masks while exercising outdoors, even in highly COVID-19 cautious cities. Students are virtually alone in that their relevant authorities require vigorous, constant masking.

Even American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten realizes that it can be difficult to understand what a person wearing a mask is saying, which is why she removed her mask in order to be heard at a conference in November.

Perhaps there are circumstances where students might have difficulty hearing their teachers or classmates. Reason's Lenore Skenazy recently interviewed a seventh grade health teacher about the toll that pandemic restriction have taken on her students: One of the main issues was that masks inhibited communication between the kids.

But non-cloth masks are not the only burden coming to L.A. schools: The district also has tentative plans to implement a vaccine mandate beginning next year after previously delaying its implementation in the face of widespread resistance. Legislation proposed by state Sen. Richard Pan (D–Sacramento) would require students throughout the state to get vaccinated. His bill expands upon a previous mandate and eliminates "personal belief" exemptions.

"Legislators have the ability to pass laws to make our communities safe, including increasing vaccination rates to keep schools open and safe," he said in a statement.

Young people, however, are already by and large safe from the worst effects of COVID-19: severe disease and death. Getting vaccinated is the right choice for many students, but other families might have reasonable concerns in some cases.

Mandating that all students get the vaccine effectively takes this choice away from families, since the alternative—permanent remote education—is not acceptable for many kids. That's really what the public education system, in California and elsewhere, is doing: Eliminating choice. The government has decided, contrary to practical considerations and the wishes of many parents, that students must be vaxxed and masked.

The proper solution is school choice: Parents who do not agree with these policies should be able take whatever public funding is budgeted for their kids and invest in an educational option that aligns with their needs. For some families, that could even be a school setting that follows stricter COVID-19 mitigation policies. But the decision should belong to families, not the government.

This week happens to be National School Choice Week, but the public education system's utter failure to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that allows kids to actually attend school has provided a two-year-long example of why this policy change is desperately needed. If parents want to vaccinate their kids, they should do it. If they want to send their kids to schools that require masks, they should do that as well. But the millions of parents who want to make a different choice have rights, too.

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85 responses to “L.A. Schools Will Require Non-Cloth Masks (Even for Sports) and Vaccination Next Year

  1. The country's second-largest public school district will force students to wear non-cloth masks that have a nose wire

    deeply embedded up one nostril to facilitate on-demand testing.

    1. If you bend the wire the other way, it makes it easier to breathe.

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  2. Somehow LA will manage to have even higher cases next year.

    1. It's the second largest school district in the country, and the city proper actually has a high density than New York. So it's not surprising it's going to have higher cases for a virus that is spread by social interaction and proximity.

      1. So it's not surprising it's going to have higher cases for a virus that is spread by social interaction and proximity.

        Name a pathogen that isn't spread by social interaction and proximity.

        1. Marxism?

          1. Kids catch that at school.

            1. Purging the adult Marxists is a great way to prevent the spread of Marxism to kids.

              Won’t someone please think of the children?

      2. It is when the 'experts' have been telling us for two years that only the rules matter.

  3. Child abuse.

    1. On that note, I’m surprised Buttplug isn’t here. As abusing children is his thing.

  4. "Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is about to get even stricter with its COVID-19 mitigation requirements: The country's second-largest public school district will force students to wear non-cloth masks that have a nose wire, even while they are outside or playing sports."

    That. Is. AWESOME.

    See how much better things run when Democrats are in charge? And of course the ultimate goal of the Koch / Reason open borders agenda is to import enough Democratic voters to turn every state into California, every city into LA.

    #LibertariansForMaskMandates

  5. I wonder how much of this is concern about Covid per se, and how much is just political reaction: those damn deplorables are disobeying so we've got to crack down harder to show em who's boss.

    The situation in Virginia certainly looks that way. All of the school systems suing to maintain forced masking are in Blue parts of the state, and I can't help but think some of this is just butthurt because the voters rejected Terry McAwful.

    1. This pandemic has been 100% political since January 6th, 2021. When the only thing most people have in life is tribal politics, then everything comes down to tribal politics.

      Those demanding ever stringent mandates as well as the vaccine denialists are both operating from the same starting point: politics.

      1. When the only thing most people have in life is tribal politics, then everything comes down to tribal politics.

        Yeah, bowf sidez! When the sheep are out peacefully grazing in the meadow, they're being political. You can tell because when the wolves come for them they flee as a herd rather than standing there and getting slaughtered. Fuck those sheep and their pro-grazing agenda.

      2. You just can't help yourself can you Brandy? You've pushed every single talking point of the state and the mask/mandate crowd and have been repeatedly been shown to be wrong. And you continue to attack those who simply say they want a choice and to estimate their own risk profiles as the same as you statists.

      3. It's been political since the first mandated shutdowns/lockdowns in March 2020. And was made political by those actions. Any situation where government applies force is inherently political.
        It is bad that it has become such a partisan political thing. But even without that, you have the basic tribes of those for government coercion and those for individual rights and autonomy.
        Overall I'm very glad it became political in the US to such an extent. In countries where there was little political opposition to the pandemic policies things went insanely way too far. Look at Australia, for example. Broad political support for extreme measures has led to some pretty intense violations of individual rights.

      4. "This pandemic has been 100% political since January 6th, 2021. "

        Lol.

        June 5 2020 was when public health officials around the country, including many who had only weeks before objected to anti-lockdown protests, penned a "letter to express their concern that protests around the United States could be shut down under the guise of coronavirus health concerns."

        https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/health/health-care-open-letter-protests-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

        If you want to know when this became a political game, that was the day. That was the day public health officials declared that they would give a pass to any behavior just so long as it was based on politically correct behavior.

        1. er, Just so long as it was based on politically correct motivations.

        2. Dont know the date, but how about Kamala and Biden during the campaign saying they wouldnt trust a vaccine that came from the trump administration and that it was suspect, rushed, etc.

          Then were happy, of course, to mandate citizens to take said vaccine...once they were in power.

      5. It's fascinating to see you commenting on tribal politics when you are so tribal in your need to both sides every issue, all the time. You are literally an extreme centrist.

        1. People choosing not to get a vaccine that doesn't stop transmission, illness, or death is not a political choice. This is not a both sides issue, as much as brandy wants it to be.

        2. His risk profile is the exact one people should utilize or be given the freedom to be utilized.

      6. It became political whatever day Democrats realized it could be used to help defeat Trump.

      7. It was political at about the time "medical professionals" decided all of their criticisms of large gatherings were moot if you were protesting things they agreed with you protesting.

        For me, that was when I ceased buying into any of it.

  6. Why are they delaying the vaccine mandate until Jan 23?

    Wouldn't it make more sense to require it at the beginning of the school year?

    I'm agnostic on masks in the classroom. We all know that the teachers will simply pull them down to yell at the kids. And our local schools managed to wear them during FOOTBALL.

    I was honestly surprised by this, but whatever.

    1. And our local schools managed to wear them during FOOTBALL.

      "Local Student Dies After Wearing Mask In Football Practice"

  7. FWIW, a New York judge just struck down New York's mask mandate.

    "A New York State judge ruled on Monday that the state’s mask mandate was enacted unlawfully and is now void, according to court documents . . . . In his decision, State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademacher wrote that Ms. Hochul and state health officials lacked the authority to enact the mask mandate without the approval of state lawmakers. Regardless of the “well aimed” intentions of state officials, this is “entrusted solely to the State Legislature,” Justice Rademacher wrote.

    ----The New York Times, January 24, 2022

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/24/world/omicron-covid-vaccine-tests#a-new-york-judge-rules-that-the-states-mask-mandate-is-unconstitutional-and-cant-be-enforced

    There are these things called democracy and the rule of law, and while progressive and the media seem to imagine that both are subject to their whims, that isn't really the case--not even in the states of California and New York. Make the politicians go on the record voting for it. If they haven't done so already, it's because they fear the consequences.

    1. There are these things called democracy and the rule of law, and while progressive and the media seem to imagine that both are subject to their whims, that isn't really the case--not even in the states of California and New York. Make the politicians go on the record voting for it. If they haven't done so already, it's because they fear the consequences.

      Justice delayed is justice denied. It's great that some jurisdictions and courts are coming to these conclusions, but it's 24 months late and the damage has been done-- especially in regards to lockdowns and... still to be worked out, remote learning for young children.

    2. The fucking state here is currently going on the record voting to force COVID vaccinations for all kids. You don't understand how much people in these blue states revel in the idea of bending children to their will. That a blue-state judge had the cajones to make a procedural call (which will soon be overridden at the county levels and state legislature) is quite shocking, to tell the truth.

      1. Glad I got out of there a long time ago. Good luck to you.

      2. The core problem here, as it is with everything else is an excess number of democrats. Solve that problem and this shit goes away.

    3. Oh, and New York Schools gave the middle finger to the judge's ruling and are continuing to enforce the mandate.

  8. I had to look up with a non-cloth mask even was. I sounds like any standard pleated mask counts. Sounds like they don't want any crappy washable mask. Sure fine, but this is the same county that bans disposable cups, disposable straws, wants to ban disposable forks, but is now mandating disposable masks?

    Masks help, but masks are not absolute shields against viruses. Upgrading the quality of the mask does little to improve protection. It's like thinking a better grade of point will improve the structural integrity of the house. Masks are part of the "swiss cheese" defense. Swiss cheese has holes so you can see through a slice, but enough slices and you can't see through them anymore. So masks are just one part of the defense, meant to be combined with social distancing, washing your hands, cough etiquette, and vaccines.

    And... we're talking about Children. The danger is not to the children. The risk is miniscule. Instead the risk is to the adults. So it's the adults that need to be N95'd up with full boosters. Not the children.

    Masking is good, vaccines are good, but we MUST stop this zero-risk mentality in our culture. All of life is a risk, but you must put all risk into perspective. It's time to stop putting our children into plastic bubbles.

    1. Swiss cheese has holes so you can see through a slice, but enough slices and you can't see through them anymore.
      ...
      Masking is good, vaccines are good, but we MUST stop this zero-risk mentality in our culture.

      No. We must stop this assessing-others'-risks-for-them mentality in our culture. Otherwise, your argument about six slices of Swiss cheese being OK but seven being too far is specious bullshit. Consistently, year-over-year, my kids have caught all kinds of fevers, sinus infections, the flu, and now COVID and neither my wife, nor I has. Whether my wife, or I, or our children are at greater risk is no one's business but ours.

    2. Masking is bad. It doesn't work. It never has. We need to follow the science and not the politician

    3. this is the same county that bans disposable cups, disposable straws, wants to ban disposable forks, but is now mandating disposable masks?

      Behold the mask litter in just about any parking lot. Obviously the solution is to have government workers collect used masks and prosecute improper disposal as a hate crime.

      1. It's actually become a bit of a joke at various activity drop offs and pickups that when a kid forgets their mask there's inevitably one to be found in the gutter. Probably two or three if they want to double or triple mask.

    4. Do you find it strange that your year long talking points on masks have finally been admitted to being wrong despite all your protestations and attacks against those calling you an idiot for your stance?

      1. He should accept that he’s an idiot. And shouldn’t have opinions. As those will only be more expressions of his idiocy.

    5. I had to look up with a non-cloth mask even was. I sounds like any standard pleated mask counts.

      Yes, pleated "surgical masks" which the CDC reports don't work for influenza control. Those are ALSO the same pleated masks that you get from any drug store or grocery store these days which, if you read on the back box often say "not for medical use". I presume this is because these were masks that were made in a factory in china to no particular specification and therefore are not approved for said use. Sort of like one might be buying boxes of 'n95' masks which fall into the same category-- although I can't speak for the latter because I haven't bought any n95 masks.

      1. I presume this is because these were masks that were made in a factory in china to no particular specification and therefore are not approved for said use.

        The specification is between 'don't breathe unfiltered air' and 'don't not breathe'. 'Must contain less lead than the air prior to use.'

    6. "Masking is good, vaccines are good, but we MUST stop this zero-risk mentality in our culture"

      no, wrong. masking is bad because it doesn't work. and covid "vaccines" are not good because they don't exist. there are no drugs inexistence today for the treatment of covid that quality as vaccines. you can say it as much as you want but it won't make it true.

      1. Yes, the data on masking is clear that it has minimal, if any, effect in practical terms. However, what do you mean that the COVID vaccines aren't vaccines? They clearly are. First, they were effective against the variants they were designed for, but not to the newer ones. The evidence still says that they help prevent serious outcomes, so in that sense, they are like flu vaccines, which have similar issues. They have little to moderate effect on symptomatic infection but reduce hospitalization and death.

        That being said, some vaccines don't even work on the disease itself. Look at the diphtheria vaccine. It is a toxoid vaccine. That means it uses a treated version of the toxin the diphtheria bacterium produces (that causes the symptoms) to produce an immune response to the toxin. It will keep you from getting sick since your body will attack the toxin, but it has no effect on transmission or carrier status.

    7. It's time to let go the strange allegiance to masks. Time to realize the masking is minimally effective even in the best circumstances, and almost never does one encounter the best circumstances.

      1. I have noticed Brandy has not once brought up the harm done to children in development and societal trauma that many studies are now reporting (and I've evidenced with my own kids). My kids went from loving school to absolutely hating it, having friends act as mini karens in regards to masks, etc.

    8. "So masks are just one part of the defense, meant to be combined with social distancing, washing your hands, cough etiquette, and vaccines."

      I love the full certainty that Brandy has when making these scientifically unfounded statements. I mean, no amount of swiss cheese to date has actually defended our country from millions upon millions of cases. One wonders what Brandy is actually trying to defend against?

      It is tiresome to see. People come into these comments acting like they have science on their side just categorically insisting that masking and social distancing and lockdowns (glavin) are all just totes effective, completely ignoring the fact that we have hundreds of thousands of masking, socially distancing, locked down corpses as testament that their confidence is unwarranted.

      Please tell me how vaccines will protect my loved ones from transmission, or how vaccines will protect you from getting the virus, or how the vaccines are actually like flu shots. Oh wait, it's all like flu shots and swiss cheese. I guess you are just as likely to be right with swiss cheese as any other of the Very Confident predictions you made in the past.

      Now I want a sandwich.

    9. … swiss cheese" defense.

      Your brain must have more holes than Swiss cheese.

    10. "So masks are just one part of the defense, meant to be combined with social distancing, washing your hands, cough etiquette, and vaccines."

      Masks are part of a balanced breakfast!

  9. If it doesn't allow for natural immunity, it is not science.
    It's fascism. Period.

    1. Bingo. It's amazing how the "follow the science!" Side just loves to ignore the long standing scientific principle of natural immunity.

  10. Conservatives have lost the culture war, so they dislike modern America in general and its public schools in particular. Private schools tend to be superstition-soaked nonsense factories, which right-wingers consider another plus.

    Better Americans will continue to shape our national progress against conservatives’ preferences, and will preserve the public schools that have made America great.

    Carry on, clingers. So far as your gullibility, bigotry, and disaffectedness could carry anyone in modern America, that is.

    1. Private schools tend to be superstition-soaked nonsense factories,

      Between the CRT influence and COVID rituals, I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

    2. Another rousing meeting of Libertarians for Mandatory Mouth and Nose Covering During Athletic Competition!

      I'm glad someone else in this comment section agrees with me on this issue.

      #MyBodyMyChoice
      #(Sometimes)

    3. The only good hicklib is a hicklib with their head blown off.

    4. Is this a parody account, or are you really this radicalized?

      1. He's really that radicalized

        1. Wow. Just wow. That's nuts.

  11. "...no acknowledgment that masks have proven to be disruptive..."

    And also no acknowledgment that masks have proven to be useless at stopping things they were never designed to stop.

  12. The debate is over. Democrats H8 America. F J B

  13. If only we had some sort of system that could provide justice to these kids.

    Oh well at least our legal system protects the government above all!!

  14. What's fascinating is we're getting there. It's fits and starts, but we're getting there.

  15. Robby's co-host in the video just doesn't get economics. "It's like how insurance works". Exactly, and that's why we don't have just 1 insurance company in LA or all of California. We have "Insurance Choice". We don't have school choice, we have a monopoly.

  16. if you live in ca and haven't made plans to leave then do so now. sell your house, call the movers and get the hell out. there is no reason to stay and every reason to leave the marxist state.

    1. There is an actual shortage of moving trucks in CA because almost no one is driving them TO the state.

  17. FFS, Reason. This isn't about school choice. This is about STATE PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE.

    School choice won't change the fact that the State Government has "recommended" masking indoors, outdoors and everywhere. Whether you are a private school or public, when the state government makes a "recommendation", you are liable for damages if some kid (or teacher) catches COVID.

    I have been to these board meetings. When a school board tries to loosen the guidelines, these virtue-signaling Karens parachute in and start talking about lawsuits and the Americans with Disabilities Act. School Choice is not going to suddenly make schools- especially private schools- resilient to lawsuits.

    Look, I get that it is Hammer a Nail (School Choice) week, so everything looks like a nail. But don't give false hope. This change needs to happen in California's State Health department.

  18. I hope zero children show up for their daily abuse.

  19. Why do the "The Science" crowd always ignore that the CDC has always said that you should not wear a mask while exercising?

    1. Because they’re really fucking stupid, and don’t read these things firsthand. They listen to leftists pundits, or follow Media Matters talking points.

  20. Maybe one thing that comes out of it is more hatred of CA by CA citizens.

    They probably wont learn, but there is hope for some.

    I know a few high income people that are tired of the CA taxes and real estate prices, who get pissed every time I tell them I have been walking around maskless in stores for over a year, and my kids (and friends kids here) havent missed a day of school. And they dont wear masks when they go to school.

    They are looking at moving to AZ.

    1. i had inlaws visiting from VA and it blew their minds how its basically normal out here.

      i do not miss living on the east coast

  21. Let's not forget that if had you mentioned this time last year that cloth masks were known to be ineffective at stopping transmission of disease, then you could have been banned from most social media for "misinformation".

  22. Ever see a kid wear a mask? Yeah this will be as effective as cloth, no more.

  23. I don't know who is crazier and retarded than Washington St., Oregon, New York, California, New Jersey, Hawaii and Quebec, All bat shit anti-science populations filled with fear - and arrogant about it.

    Next year? Aren't they saying this will be endemic and pose no threat anymore?

    And the vaccines are pure low quality garbage. A scientific failure and human fiasco.

    1. Eastern Wa mostly ignores Inslee’s bullshit orders. The only problem is with woke bus8nesses. Like when I went to the Apple store New Year’s weekend. They have private security at the door just to force people to put masks on. Most places don’t give a shit.

  24. Californians had a chance to boot Newsom out during the recall.

    They put him back in.

    Rot.

    1. Not like Zoolander up north, eh Rufus? Thank god you guys god rid of that asshole.

  25. CA would be freer if Trump had put them under martial law in 2020.

  26. WHAT THE F***** These kids have to wear masks next school year. I tell you if My district here in WA. Did that I’d be pissed.

  27. yes .. its better articlesss

  28. I got a catalog from my former university for adult online continuing education classes they were offering.

    Vacination required.

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