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California parents to protest school vaccine mandates by keeping kids at home Monday

Some California parents are keeping their children home from school Monday to protest a statewide vaccine mandate for schoolchildren.

The families are opposing Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be required for all public and private school students.

The government will implement the mandate per age group once a vaccine receives final federal approval.

Moms on the Ground, a grassroots movement of defiant parents, is calling on others to keep their kids home October 18 with an unexcused absence.

'Make sure it's an unexcused absence otherwise they still get money,' said one Instagram user. 'MONEY speaks louder than words! Do not call out sick as it is an excused absence.'

Some Californians are protesting the state's vaccination mandate for children (file photo)

Parents (shown in this file photo) are planning to keep their kids home October 18 in protest

Some participants believe that schools will lose funding for the day for each student calling in without a legitimate excuse.

California schools lose funding every time a child is absent, regardless if they're away for a legitimate reason.

With nearly 17,000 Instagram followers, Moms on the Ground has drawn the encouragement of numerous parents who plan to participate in the sit out.

'Ur children will ask if u stood up for them one day,' said one follower. 'We are [choosing] to be here making history.'

Moms on the Ground , a grassroots movement of defiant parents, is organizing the sit out

However, it's also drawn some scorn from parents who don't see the wisdom in skipping school.

'This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen,' said one mother.

Added another: 'Moms who want their families and neighbors dead, great group of folks!'

State funding per student is $13,976, according to the California Department of Education.

Schools within the state are required to teach at least 180 days of the year, meaning they're getting up to $78 per student each day.

California schools receive funding based on average daily attendance. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the vaccine mandate for schools October 1

Aside from the missed learning opportunity, there is no formal consequence for missing a single day of school without a legitimate reason.

A student becomes truant if he or she misses more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse at least three times during a school year.

Parents of students who are chronic or habitually truant can be fined $100 and up under California's code of education.

The California Department of Education did not respond to a request for comment on whether parents will be punished for pulling their children from school for political purposes.

Newsom was condemned earlier this month for his 'wrong and cowardly' mandate which demands all California students from 7th to 12th grade get the COVID-19 vaccine, but does not require their teachers to get the shot.

However, the governor defended the mandate, saying: 'We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it.'

The graph shows the relative impact on different age groups and appears negative among those aged under 15 because so few deaths have been recorded in the group

Earlier this month the JCVI said it could not recommend Covid jabs for healthy 12 to 15-year-olds because the direct benefit to their health was only marginal. It also looked at the risk of health inflammation - known as myocarditis - in young people given the Pfizer vaccine, which was still very small but slightly more common after a second dose

The federal government has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and over but has only granted an emergency authorization for anyone 12 to 15. It is expected to grant full approval to the younger age group during the winter.

The requirement will take effect at the start of the next term for qualifying grades. 

Current information indicates it's likely to take effect for grades 7 to 12 at the start of the 2022 curricular year.

California will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grades after it gets final federal approval for children 5 to 11.

Exemptions will be made for religious and medical reasons, although the government has not yet laid out how that will work. 

Parents aren't the only Californians opposed to vaccine mandates.

Despite Newsom ordering state workers to get the jab, nearly 40percent are unvaccinated, according to the Sacramento Bee.


Very few children and teenagers infected with COVID-19 have long-term symptoms, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, looked at more than 5,000 under-18s who contracted the virus.

They found that fewer than one in 10 children were battling so-called 'long Covid' three to five months after first testing positive.

Only 15 percent developed symptoms at any point during their infections, with most seeing symptoms disappear within 30 days.

The team says that the findings suggest long Covid is not as much of a concern among minors as it is among adults.

 Long Covid appears in patients that have recovered from the virus and continue exhibiting symptoms for weeks, or potentially months or years, after clearing the infection.

There are a wide-array of symptoms that can appear, including continued loss of taste and smell, long-term fatigue and long-term sensory issues.

The causes of the condition remain unknown and several studies are being conducted to examine long-term effects.

Some theories of what causes long Covid include patients having persistently low levels of the virus or damage that COVID-19 causes to nerve pathways.

A recent joint study between the UK and the U.S. found that about one-third of patients will experience long Covid.

However, estimates for children are much lower.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr Rochelle Walensky has previously estimated between two percent and three percent of children suffer from long Covid.

Most children who contract COVID-19 either have mild cases or are asymptomatic, not tending to get seriously ill or to die.

All contracted Covid and were treated two unnamed New England health systems between March 2020 and April 2021.

The participants were followed up with monthly and up to five months after their first positive tests.

During the acute period of infection, between 14 and 30 days after first falling ill, 14.8 percent experienced symptoms.

This percentage fell to just 7.2 percent experiencing long-term symptoms more than three months later.

The most common symptoms were headache and anxiety, each with 2.4 percent of patients reporting these conditions.

Rounding out the top five were cognition (2.3 percent), fatigue (1.1 percent) and sleep problems (0.6 percent).

Older children, girls and Hispanics tended to be most likely to experience long-term symptoms, and researchers say more studies need to be conducted to determine why this is the case.

'As far as long Covid, our study suggests the risk for children is lower than some prior studies might have suggested,' co-author Dr Roy Perlis, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, told UPI.

'I hope we can reassure parents somewhat about the risk of long Covid being low.'