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  • Erin DiMaggio

Get Them Talking

In the quaint little town of Palos Verdes, the almost rural little city on the hill, School Board Members have violated multiple Eduction Codes and Parental Rights. Under the veil of an Emergency Order, School Board Member, Rick Phillips, has steered the Board in favor of a totalitarian approach to COVID. For Two Years, COVID-19 has appeared on the Palos Verdes School Board Agenda as Agenda Item J:1.

A School Board is supposed to operate under strict Government Regulations and defend The Constitution of The United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Before taking office, each School Board Member swears an Oath to The Constitution.

In the past two years, we have witnessed the complete destruction of the Oath of Office from every level of Government, from the Local School Board to The President of the United States, and it is time to stop these domestic enemies in our Country.

Our US Government is brilliantly designed with checks and balances so that no one person or institution has too much power or influence. Individual Parents and Community Members have the right to attend all School Board Meetings and speak up about any practice they believe is unfair or needs attention. Even at the Local School Board Level, we have Teacher's Unions and The Parent Teacher's Association to keep the School Board in check and vice versa. The unfortunate reality is there is not a Parents' Union or a Student Union that represents the needs of our most vulnerable, the little kids.

POLITICS is not a dirty word, but we have witnessed a lot of dirty business practices where businesses put profit over people, and Schools are no exception to this dirty business. Politics should be about making agreements between people to live together in harmony. But how do we live together in harmony when Politicians seek to control us rather than liberate us? We have policies for that and legal ways to hold Politicians accountable for Government Overreach, but the process takes time and dedication to learn how to win. The battle is with the pen rather than the sword and anyone can fight with a pen.

We know that policies guide actions. Personal biases, individual insecurities, and a desire to keep the majority happy in favor of winning votes influence actions. But we know evil triumphs when good people do nothing. It is a rare gem to find when you witness a Politician doing what is right rather than what is popular.

Before each School Board Meeting, The Executive Director, or in Palos Verdes, we call him the Superintendent, prepares the agendas for all special and regular meetings of the Board of Directors.

An agenda item is one point or distinct part of a meeting agenda that can be specified separately from a group of issues to be considered in a meeting. The meeting facilitator can create agenda items who may also invite the meeting participants to request them.

Board policies are rules that district school boards adopt to control the school district's actions and provide standards for students and school staff. Some board policies call for the district's Superintendent to create and enforce more detailed rules, called administrative regulations, for how the policies will be implemented. District school boards can also adopt resolutions, which occasionally have the same effect as board policies.

Often Board Meetings are a snore-fest of crossing t's and dotting i's. A typical School Board Meeting is anywhere from three hours to six, and they happen every other week. The most exciting meetings have all been about COVID. And, throughout the town history, the other roaring meetings involved some weird sex scandal, a sexual harassment case, and an uprising about crimes on campus. Lately, the rumor is something about the embezzlement of money from a mom in town from a coach, but we don't have the facts on that, just the stirring of curiosity. We can't wait to watch that one. But mostly, School Board Meetings are about Education and Finance. The best depiction of what goes on there is in Office Space - one of my all-time favorite movies.

I had to throw some humor in there. But School Board Meetings are essential because the Policies affect our kids and our community. So, we have to pay attention, get involved and prioritize time to at least know who the best candidate is for future elections.

One of our powers as Citizens is the POWER to add agenda items to board meetings. By LAW, all citizens have the right and authority to request that the Executive Director brings an item to the Board to discuss during the Public Session of the Board Meeting. Community members can often achieve policy change by bringing their concerns, and even proposed policies, to the school board and/or superintendent. Members of the public have the right to place matters directly related to school district business on the school board’s agenda. The procedure for placing an item on the agenda differs among districts. (Click Here to Learn More)

To adopt a new policy or resolution, the school board must host a public meeting, take a formal vote during the meeting, and a majority of the board members must vote for adopting the policy or resolution. Community members and stakeholders have the right to attend the public meetings in which the board adopts a new policy or resolution. Community members always have the right to speak up.

Though most of us, want nothing more than for COVID to go away. The reality is COVID is like the Spanish Flu (Influenza) and others viruses that don't just go away. All the experts now, finally admit, it COVID is here to stay.

After the Mask Mandate was finally lifted in California and the Board heard from concerned parents for two years they did the right thing by removing the mask mandate and then removing COVID-19 from the Agenda. However, they did the wrong thing when they handed out COVID-19 test kits to every child in the district.

I showed up to address the School Board three times during public Comments to explain the facts about COVID-19 tests. But the District still voted to pass them out the Friday before Spring Break. The District did provide an OPT-OUT Survey which required parents to give their name, student's name and other personal information. This violates Privacy Rights and violated Ed Codes.

To justify this unlawful action Board Member, Rick Phillips said the following,

"We had this whole opt-in and opt-out discussion about COVID test distribution. About whether it should be opt-in or opt-out. Or whether-an opt-in even mattered. So, at the end of the day, we had this whole discussion. We had this opt-in. We went to all this trouble to make this email to all the families in the district, and we had less than 1% that opted-out...clearly, in that case, we were paying attention to the loud voice...we need to be careful about that...the loudest voice represents a fringe minority in the district."


He's cherry-picking in his plexiglass throne of lies to keep COVID front in the center and ignore all pertinent other threats to our Nation. To do an accurate study, one needs a control group to establish a cause-and-effect relationship by isolating the effect of an independent variable. We know from Psychological Research that school surveys that automatically enroll the entire class with an "opt-out" create an additional burden for busy people, and it forces one to give up anonymity as the form requires us to give our Names, Student Names, and Classroom information. An OPT-OUT is the quintessential Scarlet Letter A in which the individual must stand alone in their decision not to conform to the groupthink mentality. The OPT-OUT creates a stigma in which families risk public scrutiny and false claims that the parents are COVID-deniers and anti-vaxers. In Public Health Policies, requirements to single out an individual and fuel the false narrative that those who do not follow orders are a threat to public health and therefore deserve public humiliation. Plus, let's not forget it is illegal to opt a kid into a diagnostic test without explicit consent from parents.

We can get mad about these actions or be proactive and add COVID-19 back to the agenda so the public can continue to discuss the reality that the District is still engaging in unfair COVID-19 mitigation policies that harm the unvaccinated members of the community.

I decided to do my Civic Duty and get COVID back on the AGENDA so YOU can show up to let him know, "WE ARE THE MAJORITY!"


To add an agenda Item to Board Meetings email The Executive Director. You do not need to include anything more than the Agenda Item. Below is the one I sent in last week. I added additional context because from my experience of watching things play out the context I added has yet to be discussed.




I want to add an agenda item for the PVPUSD Board meeting per Education code 35145.5. The Legislature intends that public members be able to place matters directly related to school district business on the agenda of school district governing board meetings. Please place the following agenda item at the next school board meeting: Agenda Item:

  • Will the Board issue a resolution objecting to Regular mandatory Testing of unvaccinated students, parents, volunteers, athletes, and Staff who have no symptoms of COVID-19 or are naturally immune?

  • Will the Board agree to offer COVID-19 tests only voluntarily and as needed in the case of symptoms or an individual's request?

  • Will the Board agree to allow unvaccinated parents to volunteer on school campuses without proof of a negative COVID-19 test?

CONSENT: Consent is not the absence of "no" but the presence of an explicit "yes." Consent requires verbal or written permission to agree to partake in something. The presence of a person at a school location is not consent. BACKGROUND: Political policies, mandates, and uniform one-size-fits-all health orders create a massive societal storm that still envelops all aspects of our world, including Education. Politicians used the Pandemic to expand executive power and usurp individual rights, disrupting Democracy and governance worldwide. Policies that force