EGUSD Trustees reject motion by board member to sue state over school masking requirements

As the national discussion of COVID masking of students as they return to school continues, one Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee suggested at a recent meeting to sue the state so students not be required to follow state masking mandates. 

At their Tuesday, August 10 regular meeting, Area 7 Trustee Carmine Forcina presented motions related to masking requirements for actions items at a future meeting. Among the most controversial was a motion to discuss suing the state to exempt the district from masking requirements.   

"I will make a motion that we file suit against Governor Newsom and that he is not authorized to make the requirement that he did," Forcina said to his fellow trustees. 

During his comments, EGUSD Superintend Dr. Christopher Hoffman noted the Orange County Board of Education has already sued Newsom over the masking requirement, and the district could await the outcome of that litigation. Another motion by Forcina to join the Orange County lawsuit was also rejected by the other six trustees. 

One of Forcina's action items the board member agreed to examine was the district's disciplinary actions should students not comply with masking requirements. The district's next meeting is on September 7.    

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