Bishop Educators for Choice

Hello,

Here is a letter written by teachers and staff in the District who are requesting assistance in getting our message out. We would appreciate your help in printing and posting!

“To the BUSD Board members, students, educators, and community as a whole,

Let us start by saying how much we love the teaching profession. Some have only been involved for a handful of years, while others have taught or served students in an administrative capacity for multiple decades. We know that the education sector is not an easy one, always ripe for improvement, yet we show up every day to refine our craft.

Though things have changed drastically in regards to student interaction with staff over the past 18 months, we still seek opportunities to engage with our students frequently. Students need hugs and bandaids. They are young and have many feelings: sad, happy, mad, lonely and they get hurt. An elementary teacher remarked she has “Never once shunned away a hug or stayed 6 ft away to apply a bandage; Pre-Covid and currently.” It is in our student’s best interest to be available to them mentally and emotionally, especially as they remark how much they trust us and know how we care for them. We always put students first and before “our own health.”

We have varying belief systems among us, conservative and liberal, Christian and Agnostic, some single and some with families; but we all agree that what is happening to our schools and society at large is not ok. The role of an educator in your children’s lives is not to tell them what to think, but HOW to think critically. We are not in the business of indoctrinating to any particular belief system, which is taking place now. At this point, everyone who has had the opportunity for the vaccine has taken it. We do not want to bicker about statistical analysis and how things are interpreted differently depending on bias. We simply want to approach things from the simple viewpoint that no one should be forced to choose between something they do not believe is in their best personal interest and being forced out of the field. We believe in Tolerance. True tolerance, which means you tolerate people who have different opinions than you, not that you need to accept them as your own. We see this in the classroom and always focus on the middle, acknowledging different sides and perspectives without swaying students’ opinions one way or the other. The community of Bishop for a long time has existed in this fashion, and we cannot back down now and let these things divide us. We want to continue to show up for your students and do this for years to come. We humbly ask for your support in this endeavor, to show students that respecting others hurts at times but it’s still the right thing to do, especially when it is unpopular. A Vaccine Mandate for teachers will inevitably harm our community and students more than Covid ever could, possibly resulting in close to 50 staff across all campuses being fired. Additionally, mandated testing medically profiles those that have made a personal choice that they feel is best for them and their family. Write to the School Board, Administration, and Government representatives to make clear that we can support others even if we are not on the same page. Let us demonstrate to the world how a community can come together despite all the rhetoric and stand for each other. If you would like to support us in this cause, send an email to [email protected]com to find out more information.

Thank you – Bishop Educators for Choice”

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Dan
Dan
10 months ago

So… what ever happened with this? Did 50 people get fired on October 15th, or were these “Educators4Choice” full of lies?

Reuben
Reuben
11 months ago

Drove around town and saw these “choose freedom not fear” signs up. I’m assuming these are people who are enjoying freedom from fear because they are vaccinated? Resonated with me anyway…party on, my fellow vaccinated citizens!

A Sane Person
A Sane Person
11 months ago
Reply to  Reuben

Ha… We need a slightly revised design: “Choose Freedom not Fear: Get Vaccinated!”

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
11 months ago

Unsigned letters are worth about as much personal check from a Nigerian Prince.

daytripper
daytripper
11 months ago

There is just no way this letter was written by a teacher or staff member. And it’s highly unlikely it represents “50” like minded educators. If it does, I certainly would not want my children anywhere near this group. Think of the kids…GET VACCINATED. It’s not really that hard.

Tinner
Tinner
11 months ago

I know just as many lefties who have refused the vaccine than I do righties,

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

Good for you.

quacque
quacque
11 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

tin-man’s desperate ploy to be statistically relevant

Tinner
Tinner
11 months ago
Reply to  quacque

…and intolerant Quack-que is angry his side is just as concerned about the vaccine as anyone else and that the entire world doesn’t share his opinion.

Dan
Dan
11 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

Your personal anecdotes of questionable validity aside, the evidence does not support the idea that there are equal numbers refusing the vaccine from both parties. (Hint – the party that is generally more pro-science/education/cosmopolitanism is the one that is more likely to be vaccinated)

Jacque
Jacque
11 months ago
Reply to  Tinner

It’s already pronounced quack, not quack-que, –Part of this comment violates our Terms of Use, the violation has been removed–. But please, enlighten us on public health and infectious disease.

Educator
Educator
11 months ago

Does this group actually believe that the “hugging” and getting close enough to our children to put on bandaids while not vaccinated is a loving, thoughtful act? Exposing our students and other staff to potential illness or even death is not an indicator of a responsible nor caring educator. If… Read more »

Many Moons Local
Many Moons Local
11 months ago

More confusion for the kids as if they don’t have enough already, they as in some may or may not have a choice as not being adults. Are they possibly thinking….Get protected from the Covid-19 and it’s harsh strains that make you sick and have killed people or don’t and… Read more »

InyoArabians
InyoArabians
11 months ago

Thanks for this poorly written reminder to write to the school board and ICOE to remind them that we expect them to follow the mandates and keep our kids and community safe. Much like you can’t work at a school without a negative TB test, you shouldn’t be working at… Read more »

Ickity
Ickity
11 months ago

The OV used to be such a nice area. Not so much any longer. The name calling, the shaming, all sickening. Your true colors are showing and it’s ugly.

mono resident
mono resident
11 months ago

The assignment was a persuasive essay. This piece lacks the proper form and components. There is no introductory or concluding paragraph and the body of the essay is entirely lacking in empirical evidence or any other kind of support for the writers opinion. There are also several anomalous capitalizations of… Read more »

Educators4Reason
Educators4Reason
11 months ago

Dubious letter–wouldn’t it be Inyo Educators for Choice as there would probably be teachers outside of Bishop who would want to be included in this? Regardless, it definitely represents the beliefs that some people here have. The comments alone signal a crisis in critical thinking, social awareness, understanding of the… Read more »

Dutchboy
Dutchboy
11 months ago

Wow looks like the sierras are being tilted too the left.. our constitutional rights say we have the right of choice..the right choice is what we feel is right for us and our family…Not for any of you too force upon another…

Educators4Reason
Educators4Reason
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

You don’t have a freedom of choice when the choice harms others.

Vaguely
Vaguely
11 months ago

not getting a vaccine “harms” no one except the person making the choice, as vaccinated people are spreading covid too

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

please provide a link to an RCT showing that vaccinated people are spreading covid.

P ite
P ite
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

If your not vaccinated or wearing a mask then I’m breathing your second hand smoke might be a simple analogy but I think it works

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

Nobody is taking away their right of choice; they are free to do what they feel is right for them and their family.

mono resident
mono resident
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

Dutchboy demands the constitutional right to prove that he is too ignorant to spell correctly.

BobK
BobK
11 months ago
Reply to  mono resident

One word..,.That’s all that you have? Sad

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  BobK

ok. let’s count the TWO words that are the same but used out of context, as one. however, there is another word that is misspelled.

Quilting Grandma
Quilting Grandma
11 months ago
Reply to  mono resident

Nor does it say in the Constitution that a US citizen has the right to put others in danger during a worldwide health crisis.

Pedro
Pedro
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

Is it only the “left “ that threatens constitutional rights?

What Constitutional Article, Section, Amendment, or case law do you think is being violated?

Educator
Educator
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

We have many aspects of our lives regarding public safety in which we DO NOT have a choice. Having laws is not a violation of our Constitutional rights. This is a safety issue beyond your family. If you all stay at home OR mask in N-95s with good seals 100%… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
11 months ago
Reply to  Dutchboy

Dutchboy
My bet is,if your idol and savior (that other guy ) decided that COVID vaccines were a good thing to get,you’d be first in line with your sleeve rolled up..

Irv M.
Irv M.
11 months ago
Reply to  David Dennison

David Dennison..check out “operation warp speed”. The vaccine was fully endorsed by Donald Trump, as were treatments for the Chinese virus, it was developed by private industry in the greatest country on earth, not politicians. Your propensity to politicize and blame are false and polarizing. Do better David.

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Irv M.

There is no such thing as a “Chinese” Virus. Your propensity to politicize and blame are false and polarizing. Do better, Irv.

David Dennison
David Dennison
11 months ago
Reply to  Irv M.

Irv M
Are you trying to tell me it’s not political ?
Gimme a break…While “the other guy” was bashing Dr. Fauchi for his ideas,that “other guy” was suggesting bleach and Pine-Sol being injected into our bodies…
And so many of his people followed along with that…

Margy
Margy
11 months ago

(Student name), you have a choice. You can follow the rules that have been put in place to make sure everyone is welcome in this classroom, OR I can take you to the Principal’s office. Your choice.

Danny
Danny
11 months ago

I’m calling BS on your belief in tolerance

April Zrelak
April Zrelak
11 months ago

There is absolutely no reason to believe this is more than one person’s manifesto, or that it originates locally. Without names, it is merely hype and propaganda. Maybe Sierra Wave can answer why they published an opinion piece without a name attached. Most appalling is the “we put students first…”… Read more »

SierraWaveReader
SierraWaveReader
11 months ago
Reply to  April Zrelak

Savage! Well reasoned, and stated clearly.

jenny
jenny
11 months ago

“I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding of what Public Health is…Either we all succeed or fail together. The goal here is the aggregate good.” Michael Geerson

Dean
Dean
11 months ago

Pathetic. Where was this hubris and resistance to every other vaccine? Get over yourselves or get out of the way.

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
11 months ago

If there is a vaccine mandate there is a choice. Get vaxed or don’t get vaxed. Some folks are unable medically to be vaxed. Kids under 12 are to date unable to be vaxed. They are at risk and don’t a choice. If there is a mandate, its about public… Read more »

Dan
Dan
11 months ago

First off, what purpose does this letter have? It is grumbling about a policy that is already in place. On October 15th, school staff will need to either be vaccinated or receive regular testing. This is a state mandate from early August and not something BUSD has a choice in… Read more »

Inyo Face
Inyo Face
11 months ago

Wow! If this isn’t the pinnacle of bad “journalism”, I don’t know what is. SierraWave has published letters from community members before, but I believe this is the FIRST time they’ve published a letter with NO author information on it. Shame on you, SierraWave. For all we know you’re just… Read more »

Martha Voght
Martha Voght
11 months ago

I am 87 years old. I recall cases of small pox that led to disfigurement and death, and the national requirement that everyone get inoculated. Small pox no longer haunts the world. I remember summers when I and my siblings could not leave the farm for fear of polio. Then… Read more »

Vaguely
Vaguely
11 months ago
Reply to  Martha Voght

This isn’t smallpox. For the vast majority it’s a cold. Yry to maintain perspective

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

hmmmm…. and how was smallpox eradicated ?

Educators4Reason
Educators4Reason
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

Tell that to the 4.55 MILLION people who DIED FROM IT.

mono resident
mono resident
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

So does “a cold” kill 713 thousand people in a little over a year? Try to maintain some perspective.

Kady
Kady
11 months ago

I stand behind them 100%

jenny
jenny
11 months ago

Fri, Oct 8 at 11:14 AM First of all since your opinions are so strong I would like for you to identify yourselves so that I can remove my student from any class that is taught by a teacher who has fallen prey to conspiracy theories . If you are… Read more »

Vaguely
Vaguely
11 months ago
Reply to  jenny

Since you are steeped in science, please provide a link to an RCT showing that masks work or that vaccine mandates stop Covid.

Take your time.

Dean
Dean
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

Ethics don’t allow this study, but here’s one showing Moderna likely reduced absolute infection by 61%.

You won’t care because reasons… and things… and stuff… and mostly feelings.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X21007350

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02457-y

links galore.

You’re welcome.

Your Supervisor
Your Supervisor
11 months ago
Reply to  jenny

Oh yeah! I’ve been a RN for 80 years and have dedicated my life to healthcare that is backed by real science. I’ve seen more than you hun and know more.

Reagen
Reagen
11 months ago

Omg… who is this 98 year old nurse?

Quilting Grandma
Quilting Grandma
11 months ago
Reply to  Reagen

😂

Brad Keehn
Brad Keehn
11 months ago

Are all teachers and staff unified with this letter? You just had a walk out on Monday,withe 30 or so teachers and staff not showing up,that doesn’t seem supportive to the kids or schools to me. I would like a unified letter from all the Bishop CTA teachers, not just… Read more »

Jerry Hahn
Jerry Hahn
11 months ago

Thank you – It’s the right thing to do, of course. The left marches “my body my choice” concerning impending life BUT they also march that “my body their choice” when it comes to getting stuck with a needle.

highdesertdweller
highdesertdweller
11 months ago

The shocking sentence in this letter is that over 50 teachers would be fired if there was a vaccine mandate for educators. I am assuming that means that there are 50 people teaching children in Inyo County that have not been vaccinated. I hope none of these teach any of… Read more »

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago

So which is it: 1. “We always put students first and before ‘our own health.’ ” ? OR 2. “…those that have made a personal choice that they feel is best for them and their family.” Here is some simple 3rd grade critical thinking skills and the conclusions based on… Read more »

P ite
P ite
11 months ago

So if whooping cough ,or small pox ,measles mumps, polio and any number of eradicated diseases came back you’d be good with no vaccine or isolation wow

Vaguely
Vaguely
11 months ago
Reply to  P ite

Covid is none of those

Dean
Dean
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

Your right! COVID is way more dangerous.

Tbone
Tbone
11 months ago
Reply to  Vaguely

Please, tell us what covid is, then. And be specific, rather than, again, answering vaguely.

Joshua Nicholson
Joshua Nicholson
11 months ago

My family and I support these educators who are displaying leadership and courage to our students and community. No matter our differences in life, mandates are no way to get anything done. Our community should rally around these educators in support and make it known to our board, the administration,… Read more »

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago

Denial of science and refusal to accept facts, are not displays of leadership, especially among “educators.”

Frankly speaking, you are no expert...
Frankly speaking, you are no expert...
11 months ago

The positions that you and your family tend to take on issues are not mainstream and go a long way to explain why you lost the election for Sheriff in 2018 and since then, the election on the Bishop school board. Your opinions cannot be taken seriously, and your past… Read more »

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Concerned
Concerned
11 months ago

Several things to unpack here. We have more Covid cases right now and we know that masking and vaccine work. We also know that vaccine mandates work. These teachers want to hide behind a letter because they don’t want to be singled out for being irresponsible and putting lives in… Read more »

Tony
Tony
11 months ago
Reply to  Concerned

“We have more Covid cases right now and we know that masking and vaccine work.”

I can’t be the only person who noticed the paradox in this sentence.

Dean
Dean
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

Imagine thinking a novel pandemic virus would quit infecting every possible person before it did. What’s it like to live in an alternate reality?

Tony
Tony
11 months ago
Reply to  Dean

Of course, Dean. I was told masks and vaccines would reduce infections. Still waiting to see that in the data.

Dark Watcher
Dark Watcher
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

You won’t find accurate mask or covid data on Fox, Newsmax, or OANN.

Tbone
Tbone
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

Tony, please. You’re not the least bit interested in data or science. Every position you take is about owning the libs, which just makes you sad and pathetic.

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

here’s another one: as of 2 days ago, the highest rate of infection in Inyo County was in the 0-17yo age range. Hmmmm……

Tony
Tony
11 months ago
Reply to  Kay Kramer

So are you saying that masking and vaccines aren’t reducing cases?

Reagen
Reagen
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

I suppose a valuable data point here would be: are the people getting infected vaccinated and or wearing masks? Or are cases up really high for people who treat this as just a cold and think that vaccinations and masks aren’t necessary?

Sami
Sami
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

Considering how many people aren’t doing either, I’d love to have the opportunity to find out.

mono resident
mono resident
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

Well, ya see Tony – in order for masks and vaccines to work they have to be used. While I am certain you have little to no experience with the scientific method the anti-vaxxers volunteered to be a control group and they are dying at a rate which is 15… Read more »

Kay Kramer
Kay Kramer
11 months ago
Reply to  Tony

no, i’m not saying that. first, there aren’t any vaccines yet for kids under age 12, which is roughly 3/4 of the 0-17 yo group. next, kids are back in school, so potentially much increased exposure to delta-covid. in addition to that, it is already known in the community that… Read more »

Eric Cornelius
Eric Cornelius
11 months ago

No signature list?

This group does not speak for the bulk of educators in the district but does everything they can to make this letter sound as though it is broadly endorsed in an attempt to provide false legitimacy.

Letters like this should not be run without explicit signatures.

Dan
Dan
11 months ago
Reply to  Eric Cornelius

Indeed. It reminds me of the One Million Moms group that is constantly outraged over everything… One Million Moms, but somehow only 4,000 people following them on Twitter. Similarly, without signatures, nothing in this letter should be taken as truthful. Though I guess we’ll see if any of them at… Read more »

Dean
Dean
11 months ago
Reply to  Eric Cornelius

They’re fearful of being held to account for their actions. Odds are this is written by some parent pretending to be a teacher to advance some personal opinion into broader public view. Protonmail and grammar errors alone cause me to believe an educator wasn’t involved in writing this.

JaneE
JaneE
11 months ago
Reply to  Eric Cornelius

Perhaps Sierra Wave could ask the school districts in the area how many of their staff have resigned or been fired because of the vaccine mandate. I suspect the total number will be less than 50.