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Manhattan Beach Parents, and Vince Vaughn, Rally to Reopen Schools

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — More than 100 people attended an outdoor rally in Manhattan Beach, headlined by actor Vince Vaughn, urging elected officials to reopen local schools and youth sports. Many of the speakers in attendance argued that the mental and emotional risks of distance learning, and the relative isolation associated with it, are greater than the risks of catching COVID at properly-operated school sites.

“The children will be safer in school where they have the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines implemented, and kids will be safer on the sports field because the CDC guidelines will be implemented,” said event organizer Tiffany Lynne Wright, a Manhattan Beach resident.

What You Need To Know

More than 100 people gathered at an outdoor rally in Manhattan Beach, urging elected officials to reopen schools and youth sports

Organizers of the event say that they've found widespread support for a safe opening, though it's not commonly agreed what a "safe opening" might look like

In recent weeks, COVID cases have spiked in Los Angeles County and nationwide; LA County is now in the most restrictive tier of the state's reopening plan

High school students admit that their mental health has taken a hit during the pandemic and online classes, but some are worried against reopening too soon

While Vaughn’s was the name on the banner, he was among the most concise speakers of the event.

“There’s a lot of families that are really struggling with social distancing, you know; not all the kids are succeeding on (Zoom) calls, and they need some extra support…some of their study skills aren’t developing in a way that they feel confident for future of their academics,” Vaughn said. “So we feel like there’s room for people to stay home and there’s room to figure out safe ways of geting kids some support in person.”

Though the local Manhattan Beach Unified School District is offering distance learning, with in-person education soon to open for students enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten through Second Grades, Wright’s children are at schools spread across the west. Her oldest, she said, is at a boarding school in Utah, and her youngest (a special-needs student) is in a private school in Orange County, commuting in a regular carpool; the middle son is undergoing distance learning at the local middle school.

“I think we recognize that, while it’s challenging for our kids, they do have technology and things to help,” said Ann Marie Whitney, who organized the event with Wright. “Some school districts don’t have that, and it’s even more challenging.

We recognize how hard it is on our kids, and we want everybody to be elevated and everybody to follow the same CDC guidelines and have the same opportunities.”

When asked what COVID-19 transmission indicators she and other parents thought were proper for reopening schools, Wright said that “the metrics we want are the CDC metrics. We’re not asking for anything more.” On Nov. 17, The Hill reported that the CDC had “quietly removed” documents for reopening schools. A CDC spokesperson told The Hill that “some of the prior content was outdated…the site has been updated to reflect current knowledge about COVID-19 and schools.”

The CDC does still host documents suggesting indicators and thresholds for risks of COVID in schools. One indicator is the rate of new COVID cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days. Communities with a 14-day case rate between 50 and 200 cases are considered to be areas with a “higher risk of transmission in schools.” Manhattan Beach and its surrounding Beach Cities communities would appear to be in that category based on a review of two weeks of L.A. County COVID reporting statistics.

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by Anonymousreply 3311/21/2020

He's right. Enough is enough.

by Anonymousreply 111/20/2020

Who needs a pandemic when you have youth sports? So inconvenient! 🤡

by Anonymousreply 211/20/2020

Manhattan Beach is hetero hell

by Anonymousreply 311/20/2020

Vince is an ass. I went to high school with him and I can confirm that he barely graduated.

by Anonymousreply 411/20/2020

The public health authorities need to open the schools and shut down all the bars and restaurants instead. Priorities people!

by Anonymousreply 511/20/2020

His kid’s names: Lochlyn and Vernon. 🙄

by Anonymousreply 611/20/2020

He's trash, but he's right. What's worse is, the state's private schools are allowed to remain open, so it's the poorer students who will continue to suffer most.

by Anonymousreply 711/20/2020

AND THIS IS WHY WE WILL NEVER HAVE CONTROL OF COVID. You wanted kids, be a damn parent. If they are underfoot or are driving you crazy, you might try to look inward at your role as parent and how effective you are as one.

by Anonymousreply 811/20/2020

Yes, Let Lochlyn and Vernon and Madisyn and Carter go to school and play sports and eat ina lunchroom. And let them come home and cough or sneeze or touch things. And let grammy and pa-pa come over and catch the COVID the kids carried. We don't need old people anyway.

by Anonymousreply 911/20/2020

No mention of theater or any of the arts but sports sports sports so let em all die cuz sportz

by Anonymousreply 1011/20/2020

Don’t have a problem with this unless it really gets out of control. We have been in lockdown for a few weeks in London and all of the schools have been open. Virus looks like it’s still dropping . My stepson and his friends are doing much better. Vince Vaughn is still a tool though. I hate when celebs get involved with this stuff .

by Anonymousreply 1111/20/2020

But its NOT dropping in the US...its spreading like wild fire.

by Anonymousreply 1211/20/2020

They should reopen schools. And Vince needs to go back to it.

by Anonymousreply 1311/20/2020

What sorta kids are you raising that you can't spend a few months with them without losing your mind>=?

by Anonymousreply 1411/20/2020

Yeah, no.

Unfortunately, our lovely president fucked up the first lockdown and parents like yourselves chose to not take the warnings seriously and refuse to social distance but will wear your masks in front of the cameras.

If Americans weren’t so fucking stupid and if we had had a president who actually did his job and cared about the success of the country, we’d be climbing out of this hole we’re currently in.

It’s a shame one of my favorite beaches turned into a Republican hub for Hollywood a-holes and their whiny wives.

by Anonymousreply 1511/20/2020

That's the part that kills me too, R7. Private school kids have been in school since the start of the year. This is not affecting wealthy families who can afford that option. Those kids aren't missing out on an education. It's middle class and poor families who have to navigate this new normal. Finding childcare, hoping the internet bill is paid or the school's system doesn't go down for days or get hijacked with a porn stream that is sent out to all the elementary kids on zoom (this happened). Needs must, but virtual learning is a joke.

by Anonymousreply 1611/20/2020

Once more, idiot Hollywood celebrities acting as though they know more about life than experts in the field. Se the Kurt Russell thread for more.

by Anonymousreply 1711/20/2020

Lol, str8s ruin everything. They really want their brats out of the house, don't matter if they get covid and spread it around as long as they don't stay in the house.

by Anonymousreply 1811/20/2020

[quote]Lol, str8s ruin everything. They really want their brats out of the house, don't matter if they get covid and spread it around as long as they don't stay in the house.

Exactly! Why the fuck have kids if you don’t want to be around them?🙄

by Anonymousreply 1911/20/2020

R16, you’re correct and guess what? Those private schools probably have fewer students per classroom, and most definitely have the money necessary to set up social distancing or have plastic enclosures around each desk.

I understand wanting children back in school and the reasons for that are totally correct and justified, however, the governor and his staff have reasons to not allow for this at this time, because cases are surging again, and we don’t have enough hospitals with enough beds or medical staff to continue in a surge trajectory.

This isn’t just about kids. This is about communities. This is about others who are getting sick and not making it.

I feel for these parents and their children, however, I also realize why surges are taking place all over the United States. I wouldn’t want to risk being a part of the development and proliferation of this virus, when my choices are to either follow protocols that are sensible and while inconvenient, temporary, or go gang busters on pipkin schools, insisting that they open again immediately, because my kid must go to football practice.

by Anonymousreply 2011/20/2020

Children do not attend school alone; teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers have to be there. Those people are adults, usually in their thirties and above, all the way to sixties and possibly with factors that put them at risk. Why the fuck don't they realize this?! If the school only had unsupervised children, sure. But it doesn't. JFC

by Anonymousreply 2111/20/2020


by Anonymousreply 2211/20/2020

R16, totally incorrect. Private schools have not been open in LA since the lockdown. In fact, most of them went to remote learning before the LAUSD.

by Anonymousreply 2311/20/2020

Remember, today's Vince Vaughn is tomorrow's Jon Voight.

by Anonymousreply 2411/20/2020

100 people - wow! The city's population is 35,722. I call that a movement.

by Anonymousreply 2511/20/2020

Vince supported Ron and Rand Paul; he is also chummy with Trump.

by Anonymousreply 2611/20/2020

My main focus isn't on whether schools are open or closed, but rather the class distinction between who is getting to attend in person and who isn't. If schools are closing, then they should ALL be closed. I agree with the rest of your comment.

by Anonymousreply 2711/20/2020

R23 - good to know, but I'm not in CA. Private schools are open here.

by Anonymousreply 2811/20/2020

She sends her kid to boarding school so she can’t handle being a bloody parent yet she’s marching for schools to open? Fuck them. They’re going to keep Covid spreading by claiming its best for the kids when it’s dangerous for not only the kids but every person who works in the schools and the kids can be carriers bringing it home.

by Anonymousreply 2911/20/2020

Manhattan Beach is where that nursery school/day care/whatever child molestation scandal occurred in the 1980s...except children were NOT molested. Remember that?

by Anonymousreply 3011/20/2020

[quote] Vince supported Ron and Rand Paul; he is also chummy with Trump.

Since I live not too far from Manhattan Beach, I’ve been following their virus numbers.

They are not terrible, but not great either.

Sure, in an ideal world, children would be attending schools in the US as they are in Europe; but the overall numbers in this country have been staggeringly high. And there is no social safety net as exists in most other Western Democracies there.

Manhattan Beach is not know for its community awareness; and Vaughn typifies this. Looking out for the health and well-being of teachers and support staff and all their loved ones is not on their agenda.

Instead, they protest and complain about what THEY want for THEIR children. Period.

Speaks volumes as to the low level of understanding, empathy and overall appreciation for the greater community that exists in MB.

by Anonymousreply 3111/20/2020

I moved from Manhattan to Manhattan Beach in the early 2000s. I was back in 18 months. *shudder*

by Anonymousreply 3211/20/2020


So really this protest was less than 0.5% of the Manhattan Beach population. So why are people bashing all of Manhattan Beach residents?

by Anonymousreply 3311/21/2020
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