About 300 students in FUESD pulled from school by parents on 'sit-out'
Last updated 11/12/2021 at 1:13pm
Opponents to forced COVID-19 mandates for school children -masks and/or vaccinations - across the nation pulled their children from public schools on Monday, Oct. 18.
In the Fallbrook Union School District, absences were about 300 above average according to a district spokesperson.
"We were disappointed to hear about the planned 'sit-out' that took place across our nation," the spokesman said. "During this school year, we have had on average a daily absence count of around 400 students. Yesterday (Oct. 19) we recorded just over 700 absences.
The district superintendent, Dr. Candace Singh, issued a statement about the "sit-out."
"We understand that there are strong differences of opinion regarding masking and vaccination, but it is disheartening and unfortunate that parents would impact their child's learning by removing them from the classroom to participate in a protest such as this," she said. "Our students have already lost so many opportunities for learning during this pandemic. People may disagree regarding methods and requirements, but we can all agree that keeping students in the classroom as much as possible is what is best for them."
Singh added, "On behalf of our Governing Board, we want to express our gratitude for all of our district employees, as we did not experience any 'sit-out' related absences. It is another example of our team's dedication to the students of our community and their commitment to do what is in the best interest in their learning."