Laguna Beach Unified welcomes back students

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A Top of the World teacher greets her students on the first day of class on Aug. 23, 2021. Photo by Mitch Ridder

Students and employees of the Laguna Beach Unified School District returned to campuses Monday to start the 2021-22 School Year.

At El Morro and Top of the World Elementary, students climbed out of vehicles queuing in the drop-off lanes where they were welcomed by school district employees. An El Moro mother hollered “don’t forget your mask” and handed a facemask out of her car window before her children could wander off.

Other El Moro parents smiled and waved as they dropped off their children for the first day of school. Students were then escorted to the school blacktop where they lined up to meet their new teachers and classmates. Principal Chris Duddy expected about 450 students to show up for the first day of school.

After the vast majority of students had settled in their new classrooms, Duddy came on the intercom to welcome students back to campus. He then ran through a list of respiratory health protocols, including the requirement to wear masks while indoors. Mask use is optional outdoors. Students were also reminded to cough into their arms, use a tissue, and regularly wash their hands.

Similar scenes were also taking place across town at Top of the World Elementary on Monday. Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School were also back in session.

Students arrive on the first day of instruction at Top of the World Elementary school. Photo by Mitch Ridder
Top of the World Elementary Principal Julie Hatchel greets her students on the first day of class. Photo by Mitch Ridder
Students wait to enter their new classrooms on the first day of class at Top of the World Elementary. Photo by Mitch Ridder
An El Moro staff member directs a student where to line up during drop-off on Aug. 23. Photo by Daniel Langhorne
A student arrives at El Moro for the first day of school on Aug. 23. Photo by Daniel Langhorne
El Moro instructional aide Leanne Huynh speaks with a student on the first day of school on Aug. 23. Photo by Daniel Langhorne
Kindergarten teachers Mary Blanton snaps a photo of first graders on Aug. 23 at El Moro Elementary. Photo by Daniel Langhorne
Third Grade teacher Jamie Jameson welcomes students to her classroom on Aug. 23 at El Moro Elementary. Photo by Daniel Langhorne

4 COMMENTS

  1. Masks on children is child abuse. They do nothing to protect against Covid. The CDC admitted this in a FOIA and had to disclose that; “CDC is not aware of ANY randomized control trials that show that masks, or double masks, or cloth face coverings, are effective against Covid-19.”

    All “experimental studies” on the effectiveness of masks we’re done on mannequins. Children are not mannequins. There is no “Science” to support this policy. If you think a cloth mask protects your child, or a teacher from COVID-19 (a disease with a lower mortality rate than the flu for children) you are delusional.

    When will this end? Is this the way you want your children to live – forever? If you don’t speak up – your children will be forced by the State to comply with whatever dictate the STATE deems necessary – probably for the rest of their lives. Any garment, any medication, any procedure the State decides is in the interest of “public health”.

    Why would ANY parent cede their parental rights to the government?

  2. As the Federal Military’s “war on terror” fizzles out around the world, a new tyranny emerges the health mandates. The new “terror” is an unseeable, unknowable, incurable, sicknesses that infect all ages -unless everyone obeys CENTRAL CONTROL. Terrifying the people is how tyrannies destroy truth, love, freedom, and health.

  3. Right? I remember when the state forced me to put on pants in public, I mean what the heck, there is no science backing that wearing pants does anything but you becoming a sheeple of the state.

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