School Superintendent Requests Decorum and Respect At School Board Meeting

Barry Simpson, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, started off last Thursday’s Bishop school board meeting with a request for decorum and respect, following a contentious August meeting on state-mandated masks. His ask seemed to have an impact.
Those who addressed the board arguing against masks, COVID testing, vaccines and even Critical Race Theory, a class taught in law schools, were civil for the two hours spent on public comment.
Simpson and later Board members explained they had no choice in putting a mask mandate in place. “We’ve all talked to attorneys and get the same answers,” Simpson said. “The State has put us in an untenable situation. One-size-fits-all mandates don’t fit. We need local control but it’s an uphill battle.”
As of last Friday, Inyo County has had 1,660 cases, with 13 new cases among those 15-17 recorded last week.
The following are the primary talking points by members of the public:
Eddie Davis explained COVID wasn’t a significant health risk for school-age children and the greater danger was suicides caused by stress.
The current vaccines are a live experiment. Vaccine development usually takes 10 years. But there are unconventional alternatives like Ivermectrin, a livestock de-wormer.
Parents should be the ones to make informed decisions for their children.
The Board should remove mandates on masks, vaccines, distancing and asymptomatic testing.
The Board should not make decisions for the families who will enforce the Constitution. The Board will be accountable to God.
The twice-weekly testing procedure should provide privacy for students.
Following comment and a brief Board discussion, Claudia Moya-Tanner, Board President, suggested the district ask the County Public Health Director James Richardson to come to the district to see “what we’re doing.” “We’re all desperate to move forward,” she said. “The anger is coming from caring and love for the kids.”

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Mike
Mike
1 year ago

The Board will be accountable to God? When the Bible promotes masks and social distancing? Leviticus 13:45 says sick people should “cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!'”

These Covidiots are just as bad at religion as they are at science and law.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
1 year ago

Who in the hell is the new SUPERINTENDENT to Request ANYTHING ?
After all , Who pays him to Manage OUR SCHOOLS.
WE DO .

Harold
Harold
1 year ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

Whoa, you sound a little overly emotional.

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

JingoFarce, Wasn’t it you that pointed out we are a Representative Republic? You were given a vote on that position. Coming from the one that cries there is no respect for authority and our cities are burning to the ground? Who in the hell are the elected SHERIFF and DISTRICT… Read more »

Loosewire
Loosewire
1 year ago

Numbers: about 70% of adults in Inyo County have gotten the vaccine. About 45% of kids 12-17 have been vaccinated. Only 38 students from the Bishop schools are in Independent study.

Patriot
Patriot
1 year ago

The “Primary talking points” mentioned in this article missed the mark big time. Biased journalism as expected.

Concerned
Concerned
1 year ago

We need to stop coddling this vocal minority who come to these meetings with dangerous misinformation. They have been given a choice. Have your children wear a mask at school or there is independent study. They just don’t like the choice. They look more like entitled children rather than caring… Read more »

Guy Montag
Guy Montag
1 year ago
Reply to  Concerned

What a heroic comment here. You have been “given” a choice…

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
1 year ago
Reply to  Concerned

Speaking of tantrums, one might wonder about the temperament of adults demanding that children be masked on at best flimsy scientific basis over a virus only marginally more dangerous than the ordinary flu.

Harold
Harold
1 year ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Tourbillon stop being so angry and you quit throwing your constant Sierra awake tantrums. Or don’t, I do find you very entertaining.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
1 year ago
Reply to  Concerned

I hope you are buying the HOAX , Why don’t you wear Triple Masks , In Fact , Why don’t you get Scuba Bottles and a Regulator and Go Without the Natural World that you FEAR.

Pete
Pete
1 year ago

You do your readers a disservice when you lay out the lunacy of the public comments without even a cursory effort to debunk the fallacies, falsehoods and dangerous misstatements.

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
1 year ago
Reply to  Pete

Debunk away. Point out the randomized controlled trial showing that cloth masks work.

Waiting.

Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

TooBilious Interesting that you insist someone defend a position that isn’t even one they have stated. The usual process of debate is to define the issue being argued, then each sides argues their position. But I like your rules. Makes it easy to be lazy. So I’ll start first. Point… Read more »

Pine
Pine
1 year ago
Reply to  Pete

At least use quotes or a block quote when quoting speech. This reads like it’s a Sierra Wave statement.

Sami
Sami
1 year ago

Not one person arguing against CRT has the slightest clue what it is. But given the other talking points listed, it seems they haven’t the slightest clue about much at all.

Last edited 1 year ago by Sami
Tourbillon
Tourbillon
1 year ago
Reply to  Sami

CRT no longer refers to the narrow, benighted law school theory of 30 years ago. The term in modern usage now refers to the poisonous neo-racist indoctrination denying historical perspective in favor of a warped racialist world view.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
1 year ago
Reply to  Sami

Since as you say NOT ONE PERSON arguing against Critical Race Theory knows what it is , Will you please educate us as to its purpose .

Sami
Sami
1 year ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

Critical Race Theory is something discussed in *law schools* regarding the treatment of marginalized US citizens and the complex systems that lead to different outcomes in social and legal interactions. It has absolutely nothing to do with anything taught to children in schools.

Last edited 1 year ago by Sami