Parents protest mask wearing at 4J school board meeting

In May, the district announced masks would still be required on campuses, months before the governor's new requirement. Now it being a statewide law, districts could face penalties for defying it. It's unlikely 4J will go against the new rule.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 10:33 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2021 10:58 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- The 4J School Board meeting was forced to take a break after the audience got disruptive during public comment Wednesday evening.

Most of the attendees were there to voice their concerns about Governor Kate Brown's new mask requirement for K-12 schools.

About two dozen people rallied outside of 4J's headquarter's before the start of the meeting, demanding the district to make it a choice for students to wear masks indoors.

Some even called on community members to un-enroll their children from school if they do not agree with the mask rule. 

Harry Sanger, a 4J parent, said the mask requirement disenfranchises some students.

"You're creating an area of inequity because families that can't afford to send their kids to private school or home school," Sanger said. "Families that can't are left with a difficult decision and trying to do what's right for their children. If they don't have the means to avoid public school but the public schools are requiring masks and they don't believe in masking, then what do those families do? Where does that leave them?"

There were some public comments from community members who support the new mask rule. They said they support the decision to keep students and families safe.

In May, the district announced masks would still be required on campuses, months before the governor's new requirement.

Now it being a statewide law, districts could face penalties for defying it. It's unlikely 4J will go against the new rule. 

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