Parents plan school walkout over vaccine mandate

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Today, thousands of California parents are expected to keep their kids home from school as part of a statewide protest against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recently announced student vaccine mandate.

Around 2,500 people are slated to protest in front of the state Capitol building in Sacramento for an event called “Our Children, Our Choice,” according to a permit approved by the California Highway Patrol. Parents in counties as far-flung as Orange and Del Norte are also planning school walkouts and protests. Some teachers who oppose Newsom’s vaccine-or-testing requirement for school staff are also planning to skip out, forcing some small, rural schools to close.

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