Why California schools plan for a walkout Monday

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Parents who are opposing vaccine mandates for school kids are planning for a school walkout across California on Monday, Oct. 18.

The plans have made rounds on social media and were heard of from Orange County to Redding.

Elementary, middle, and high schools across the states are covered by the walkout, some of the social media flyers said. It also demands faculty members and school workers to ditch work and stay home Monday.

The plan became the recent action of parents and others who disapprove of vaccine mandates and wearing masks inside schools across the state.

This followed the announcement of California Gov. Gavin Newsom that the state will ratify the COVID-19 vaccine for schoolchildren – the first state in the country to do so, KRON4 reported.

A separate report by KRON4 said that the enactment targets to vaccinate all students in seventh until 12th grades by fall after everyone aged 12 and up will be approved for the vaccine by the federal authorities.

Newsom said that he expects the now-emergency authorized vaccination for 12 to 15 years old to be given with a final sign-off by the U.S. government next year.

Once the vaccines gain the final federal approval for children aged 5 to 11, he said the state will mandate vaccination in kindergarten through sixth grades.

 “We have to do more,” he told a press conference. “We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it.”

Vaccine mandates were already up in some school districts, five of which are in California. There are, however, other states that oppose the imposition of pandemic rules on education institutions. For one, a Kentucky law has reversed a mask mandate across the state.

In March 2020, Newsom also imposed the first stay-at-home order across California. He also required about 2.2 million health care employees to get their vaccine shots to stay in their work.

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