VIDEO: ‘It’s our duty to be free’: Dozens protest mask mandates, vaccine requirements at LBUSD meeting

Numerous groups came out Wednesday night to the Long Beach Board of Education meeting to protest a mask mandate for students and staff and vaccine requirements—or they came out to support the district’s safety precautions against COVID-19.

The district had a number of items to discuss ahead of the start of most classes. Teachers return on Aug. 30, and students return on Aug. 31.

During the meeting, Superintendent Jill Baker announced that surveillance testing will be conducted for students who are not vaccinated when classes begin.

“It’s our duty to be free,” said one man, who refused to give his name.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.