Roseville Unified may lose liability insurance for defying state mask mandate

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The Roseville Joint Unified High School District is at risk of losing liability insurance for its decision to defy state-imposed mask regulations. When Governor Gavin Newsom made the decision to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate for most situations, he said school children were still required to wear face coverings, citing low rates vaccination in young children. At this time, there is no date for the lifting of school mask mandates. Going against these guidelines for K-12 schools, Roseville Unified has announced that it will no longer require face coverings. -face inside.The legal consequences of this decision begin to unfold.KCRA 3 obtained a letter sent by the Schools Insurance Group to the board on Thursday. He warns that the district could lose liability insurance following the decision to drop face coverings. “It is imperative that the board understands that this action makes the district and individual board members vulnerable to liability that may not be covered by GIS,” wrote Cynthia Wilkerson, executive director of Schools Risk and Insurance Management Group. “They are immediately responsible for anything that arises from failing to follow state law and not having the warrant in place,” said Leslie Gielow Jacobs, a professor at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Other potential consequences could include the potential loss of COVID-19 disaster relief funding, district workers alleging retaliation for following state guidelines, and injuries from COVID-19 infections, according to Lorenzo Smith law firm. “Ultimately, they would lose the ability to band together with other school districts and purchase insurance if that group decided to take action to remove them from the band,” Jacobs said. Jessica Fork, president of the Roseville Secondary Education Association, accused the school board of knowingly jeopardizing the district’s liability insurance. “Our educators are concerned that the council’s decision will unnecessarily expose our district to lawsuits and jeopardize the financial stability of our district,” Fork wrote in a statement. In addition to the risk of losing liability insurance, Jacobs said the school district could get in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, and be fined. KCRA 3 has contacted state officials about plans to implement indoor masking. Neither the public health department nor the state superintendent answered our question directly. “State Superintendent Tony Thurmond respects local control and understands the difficult choices districts must make to keep schools open and safe and for all students to learn,” wrote Scott Roark, the superintendent’s spokesman. At this time, state public health officials have determined that masks should continue to be worn, indoors, on school campuses. As always, more stringent guidelines may be issued by officials. local public health or other authorities this pandemic that whether it’s a school, a city or a county, there’s a lot of energy going into each of these different efforts. And we’ve seen it all the way,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, said Monday at a press briefing. “So a district like Roseville, they’re in the ‘State of California, so state requirements apply.’ KCRA 3 has reached out to the Roseville Unified School District and the school board for comment. A spokesperson said a response would be prepared by this weekend.

The Roseville Joint Unified High School District is at risk of losing liability insurance due to its decision to defy state-mandated mask regulations.

When Governor Gavin Newsom made the decision to lift the statewide indoor mask mandate for most situations, he said school children were still required to wear face coverings, citing low rates vaccination in young children. At this time, there is no date for the lifting of mask mandates from schools.

Going against those guidelines for K-12 schools, Roseville Unified announced that it will no longer require face coverings indoors.

The legal consequences of this decision are beginning to be felt.

KCRA 3 obtained a letter sent by the Schools Insurance Group to the board on Thursday. He warns that the district could lose liability insurance following the decision to drop face coverings.

“It is imperative that the board understands that this action makes the district and individual board members vulnerable to liability that may not be covered by GIS,” wrote Cynthia Wilkerson, executive director of Schools Risk and Insurance Management Group.

“They are immediately accountable for anything that arises out of breaching state law and breaching the warrant,” said Leslie Gielow Jacobs, a professor at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Other potential consequences could include the potential loss of COVID-19 disaster relief funding, district employees alleging retaliation for following state guidelines, and injuries from COVID-19 infections, according to Lorenzo Smith Law Firm.

“Ultimately, they would lose the ability to band together with other school districts and purchase insurance if that group decided to take action to remove them from the band,” Jacobs said.

Jessica Fork, president of the Roseville Secondary Education Association, accused the school board of knowingly jeopardizing the district’s liability insurance.

“Our educators are concerned that the council’s decision will unnecessarily expose our district to lawsuits and jeopardize the financial stability of our district,” Fork wrote in a statement.

In addition to the risk of losing liability insurance, Jacobs said the school district could get in trouble with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, and be fined.

KCRA 3 has contacted state officials about plans to implement indoor masking. Neither the public health department nor the state superintendent answered our question directly.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond respects local control and understands the difficult choices districts must make to keep schools open and safe and for all students to learn,” wrote Scott Roark, the superintendent’s spokesman. “At this time, state public health officials have determined that masks should continue to be worn, indoors, on school campuses. As always, stricter guidelines may be issued by local public health officials or other authorities. »

“We have seen throughout this pandemic that whether it is a school, a city or a county, there is a lot of energy in each of these different efforts. And we l ‘have seen throughout,’ said Dr Mark Ghaly, secretary. of the California Health and Human Services Agency, said Monday during a press briefing. “So a district like Roseville, they’re in the state of California, so state requirements apply.”

KCRA 3 has reached out to Roseville Unified School District and the school board for comment. A spokesperson said a response would be prepared by this weekend.

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