Parents who are fed up with having to make their kids wear masks to school protested this morning outside of R.J. Fisher Middle School, which is next to the Los Gatos Union School District offices.

They say research from infectious disease scientists suggests that children will be just as safe if they attend classes without donning face coverings as if they don’t.

Holding signs that bore slogans including “UNMASK OUR KIDS! / SCIENCE SAYS MASKS DON’T WORK” and “FREE THE SMILES,” protesters attempted to get the attention of Superintendent Paul Johnson and the rest of the administration.

The activism took place just hours before the district’s regularly-scheduled meeting, set for 4pm at Fisher Middle School.

Director of Student Services, Misty Hartung, was scheduled to give an update on “student wellness,” with Sup. Johnson to join to share updates on California Department of Public Health and Santa Clara County Public Health orders.

The prepared report states that LGUSD doesn’t have the authority to disregard the county’s public health guidance that still requires students to mask-up indoors.

It also notes that, since the beginning of August, 221 out of 1,560 elementary school students have tested positive for the coronavirus, while 223 of 1,037 middle school students have tested positive for the virus.

No action on the matter was proposed by staff

You can view the agenda >>here<<.

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].