Under threat of power outage, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) board reorganized board members, heard reports of a two-language immersion investigation and the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schools and approved the board’s updated policies at its December 13 meeting. Encounter.
Hoping to make some urgent decisions, board members chose to rearrange the agenda at the Monday night meeting, just in case strong winds cut power to the school. Greer’s primary where the meeting was held. Hours earlier, various parts of the city lost power due to high winds.
Declaring that the current Chairman of the Board, Tom Silva, was a “fantastic leader,” Director Grace Malson proposed that Silva continue in her role as Chairman of the Board.
“You’ve been a fantastic leader throughout the past year,” Malson said, addressing Silva. “If you’re willing to take this on for one more year and continue to lead us, I would make this motion. “
After Silva agreed to continue in the role, administrator Traci Skinner shared her appreciation.
“I’m thankful that you’re ready to step up and do this another year,” Skinner said.
Malson has been selected as Vice Chairman, Skinner as Board Clerk and Director Casey Raboy will serve as Board Representative.
Directors heard a report from Attorney Barrett Snider of the Capitol Advisors Group regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed mandate on the COVID-19 vaccine for students.
According to Barrett, in order for the state to add the COVID-19 vaccination to the current list of 10 mandatory vaccinations for students with no personal creed exemption, the legislature and governor would have to pass legislation adding it to the list. The Legislative Assembly is currently on recess and will resume operations in January.
Barrett said that while a lawmaker is expected to introduce a bill proposing to add COVID-19 to the list of mandatory vaccinations, if successful, the new law will not come into force until January 2023.
“For a bill to take effect before that date, it would require a qualified 2/3 majority vote in both houses of the legislature,” Barrett said. “It is highly unlikely, given the amount of controversy surrounding this issue that a bill will be in force before January 2023.”
Barrett’s report went on to explain that since the governor asked the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to add the vaccine to the required list of vaccines using the regulatory process, instead of pursuing legislation, “Current law requires both medical and personal conviction. exemptions are allowed.
The California Health and Safety Code offers the possibility of these exemptions; However, in order to receive a personal belief exemption, a student’s parent or guardian must file a letter or affidavit with the school district indicating which vaccinations are “against the student’s beliefs.”
In addition to the affidavit, parents must submit a signed attestation from a health care practitioner that the practitioner has provided the student’s parent with information regarding the benefits and risks of immunization and the risks to immunization. communicable disease health, as well as a written statement from the student’s parent or guardian that the signatory has received the information provided by the health care professional.