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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