Governor THREATENS to Suspend Board after School REJECTS Mask Mandates

Michelle Lujan Grisham, Democrat Governor of New Mexico, threatened to remove members of a school board if they don’t change their vote about COVID-19 mandates.

Near the end of July, the Floyd Municipal School board voted against a series of regulations including masks, social distancing, and body temperature checks.

The idea behind this was to make COVID regulations a choice for parents, teachers, and students.

The following day, the board received a letter from the Public Education Department threatening to remove members from their position if they did not rescind their vote in a public meeting.

New Mexico’s COVID practices state that all youth programs require masks and last week the state’s PED ordered for all teachers, administrators, and students to wear masks.

A failure by the board to provide written confirmation of a vote rescinding the offending course of action and/or adopting a course of action that conforms to the published health and safety requirements by noon on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, or any further violations of COVID-Safe Practices, could result in adverse licensure actions against licensed individuals, suspension of school board governance, and other applicable enforcement actions.

Letter from New Mexico PEd

The board held a meeting Monday night to decide whether to follow new guidelines or keep their current policies. Many administrators have expressed their frustration with Lujan Grisham’s mandates.

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Before the CDC’s new guidelines that recommend everyone wear masks regardless of vaccination, other states like Texas and Utah banned mask mandates in schools.


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