Your Religious Beliefs Can’t Outweigh School Safety Over COVID Vaccination Rules

We separate church and state for a reason

I have no doubts that Alicia Royce is a dedicated teacher and I realize that good teachers are not always easy to find. My sister teaches special education, as does Ms. Royce.

However, it appears that as the country grapples with a pandemic, the top priority for the California Department of Education must be the safety, health and well-being of students.

I find it hard to believe that teaching through Zoom as well as dealing with parents, teachers, peers etc. who suffer from COVID is an optimal learning environment for children.

Personal religious beliefs should not interfere with or dictate school district requirements that employees be vaccinated.

Moreover, religious beliefs should not interfere with any level of functioning of public schools. Our country has the separation of church and state just for these reasons.

Polly Ball, Rancho Mirage

Can our country pull itself together?

One of the many horrible things happening in our country is how selfish and committed so many people have become.

We could argue about the merits of vaccines, but if you choose not to be vaccinated, you should wear a mask to protect yourself and those around you.

Some people can’t bother to do this. And the lies that some spit out are really disturbing and are just a huge rationalization. Not wearing a mask is like smoking indoors and poisoning people with second-hand smoke.

I wonder, if we had a situation like WWII again, if the country could pull itself together like the bigger generation did. They knew how to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Unfortunately, I am not sure our country can do it today.

Rich Malacoff, Cathedral City

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: On COVID vaccine rules, religious beliefs cannot trump safety at school

Ruth R. Culp