Chico school board passes COVID-19 resolution

CHICO — The Chico Unified School District board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday that called for state officials to honor exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff.

The resolution states that students and staff who harbor medical, personal and religious beliefs will be exempted from vaccination. As a public school district, Chico Unified School District said in the resolution it believes in the parental/guardian right to choose as well as preserving choice for staff members particularly when it comes to personal medical decisions.

During the Nov. 3 special board meeting, the board unanimously voted to bring forward a draft resolution for discussion. The board expressed interest in possibly sending a letter to California legislators and public health departments to support family exemptions and preservation of choice in regards to medical decisions. Administrative staff drafted a resolution to use as a base for discussion and potential action in communicating with the California legislators.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Oct. 1 that California would be the first state in the nation to require all students to be vaccinated and his announcement stated students will be required to be vaccinated, or complete an approved exemption form for in-person learning.

Unvaccinated staff now have to be tested weekly at various school sites. This includes coaches, volunteers and substitutes.

Rob Murray, King Consulting director of Demographics and Planning, also presented during the second required public hearing regarding the trustee area maps.

Government entities across California, including Chico, are switching to a new election system. Chico Unified School District trustees are currently elected through an “at-large” election system, which means that candidates for the board can reside anywhere in CUSD’s area of service and are elected by all registered voters that live within the Chico Unified School District boundaries.

Last year, after concerns were expressed regarding the existing at-large election system for the Chico City Council, and based on in-depth information provided by the California School Boards Association and other sources, the district began exploring a move to “trustee area” elections, also known as “district-based” elections.

According to CUSD Coordinator of Community Relations Erica Smith, the final maps will be posted Nov. 24.

The next school board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at 2446 Marigold Ave. in Chico.

© 2022 KFMF-FM. Internet Development by Frankly Media.