A San Diego school district has reimposed indoor mask mandates in response to the BA.5 COVID-19 subvariant, and the district’s board president has a harsh message for kids that don’t comply.

Board President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne for the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest K-12 system in the state of California, said during an interview with KUSI News that currently enrolled students who don’t feel comfortable wearing a mask should “just not return.”

Whitehurst-Payne first addressed students who would be returning in the fall by saying anyone who didn’t want to wear a mask “can go to our school that’s online. They can opt not to return to the regular school but to go to the school where they don’t have to go to school at all other than via zoom.”

“What about summer school? What if they’re already enrolled in summer school and now they get this mask mandate and they’re not comfortable with wearing a mask?” asked the interviewer.

“They should just … make it known that they don’t feel comfortable and at that point, just not return,” Whitehurst-Payne responded.

“If you live in San Diego and you’ve got kids in that school, get your kids out,” said BlazeTV host Dave Rubin. “You are a child abuser if you’re sending your kids to school to have an unscientific piece of cloth wrapped around their face that does absolutely nothing. We know that all the masks, except the N95s, do nothing … and kids have a 99.99999% survival rate on COVID, and we’re two and a half years past the beginning of this freaking thing!”

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