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  • Writer's pictureErin DiMaggio


Updated: Mar 9, 2022

Almost two weeks ago, on February 23, 2022, approximately forty parents and members of the Palos Verdes Community showed up to speak out against the policies of mandating that students wear masks at school. Nineteen people spoke, and though concerned parents came from a wide variety of beliefs, the common denominator was a demand for choice. And, now we have been granted permission by the overreaching elected officials to go maskless at inside establishments and show our nostrils and teeth.

If you showed up for that meeting, then take a moment to celebrate the power of your presence, intention, and words. Shortly after, Superintendent Cherniss drafted a letter advocating for the county to align with the State regarding lifting the mask mandates for all.

On March 2, 2022, Superintendent Cherniss sent out a District-Wide email announcing the mask mandate will lift on March 12, 2022, for everyone regardless of Vaccine Status.

And then on March 4, 2022, we received A Message from Board President Linda Reid:

With regard to optional masking, I wanted to make a request of parents, students and staff. Please continue to respect the choices of others with regard to optional masking. Some students and staff may feel more comfortable continuing to wear masks indoors and/or outdoors. Some may not feel the need. This choice may not align with your choice, but PVPUSD will not tolerate any behavior ranging from bullying to even comments about the mask choices of another person. For me personally, I will wear a mask in days leading up to a visit with my mom, or my children, none of whom can afford to get COVID. I will then test at home, and feel comfortable being around them. Others may make different choices, in consultation with their doctors or family. I am so glad we are at the point where a choice is an option!

Perhaps, Linda is confused after two years of media induced trauma so let's remember, "A choice is always an option in America." When it is in Linda Reid's best interest, she will not tolerate bullying but not once did she speak up to defend the kids who were being harassed for pulling down their masks to take a deep breath at school.

We won't forget that Linda Reid, Rick Phillips, and everyone on the Board with the exception of Matt Brach, refused to even sit in the same room with us because we chose to take off our masks.

On August 11, 2021, our PVPUSD children showed up at the School Board Meeting to share heart-wrenching stories of friends passing out in front of them because they couldn't get in enough air with the masks covering their noses.

Parents begged and pleaded to have a choice to unmask. Save PV Schools, LLC filed Lawsuits to get a Court Order for a choice.


We must heed the warnings of the philosopher, George Santayana, for he said,

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

While School Board President Linda Reid and Board Member Richard Phillips may be suffering from Trauma-Induced Amnesia, we will not let them forget how they treated everyone who wanted a choice to unmask, to not take tests and to not get vaccinated.

Let us take a brief trip down memory lane.

Just as we were getting ready to take a long-awaited Holiday, on December 20, 2021, School Board President Linda Reid sent out an email stating,

I implore all of our families to vaccinate their children, and to get booster shots when eligible. Quoting from a college philosophy professor in the NY Times on the ethics of vaccine exemption, "People who say that they should be exempt without cost are refusing to take their responsibility to the rest of us seriously: They can hardly expect us to burden ourselves for their sakes if they aren't inclined to reciprocate." If you are around other people over the holiday break, regardless of your vaccination status, you have a duty to our community to be COVID tested before returning to school on January 3.

Meanwhile, Peninsula Magazine published pictures of Superintendent Alex Cherniss and Richard Phillips's wife hanging out maskless with their arms around each other at a Holiday Party while young kids sat in a corner wearing masks and playing the violin.

Top Left: Richard Phillips Wife, Top Right: Superintendent Cherniss, and Bottom Right: Board Member Linda Reid

The truth remains:

The COVID-19 vaccine neither blocks the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or prevents infection. Despite witnessing friends, family, politicians, and celebrities getting the vaccine and then getting COVID-19, the American Medical Association can't even let go of their plan to vaccinate everyone regardless of the need for the vaccine or a long list of potential side effects.

According to the American Medical Association's latest statement, "Vaccines work; they effectively prevent severe COVID, hospitalization, and death." There's something else that works to prevent severe COVID, and it is called the Immune System, and kids have one!

Kids are primarily asymptomatic, and 99.998% of the time, their immune system effectively prevented hospitalization and death. There is no reason to continue testing and trying to force shots in everyone's arms. It should ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A CHOICE.


In the Summer of 2021, The Board Of Education signed an agreement with The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to receive millions of dollars and part of the contract included orders to use testing events to promote vaccines on campus. The Contract does not expire until July 2022. CONSIDERING, COVID-19 POSES NO THREAT OF EXTREME PERIL TO THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN, it is criminal to give kids unlicensed medical tests on school campuses.

According to the Census report, there are 39,538,223 Californians. With over 8 million cases of natural immunity and 82.8% of the population vaccinated, the State of California has far exceeded the threshold for herd immunity of infectious diseases. The EMERGENCY IS OVER AND FOR KIDS IT NEVER EXISTED.

Children are not at risk of COVID-19, but PVPUSD continue to engage in fraudulent statements and actions that demonstrate total neglect for the welfare of all children in the State of California.

  1. The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes weekly COVID-19 data. According to the most recent report, dated February 17, 2022, 12,515,391 have tested positive for nucleic acid from SARS CoV-2.

  2. 0.1%-1.5% of all their child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalizationIn states reporting, 0.00%-0.01% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death WITH COVID.

IT APPEARS THAT COVID-19 Herd Immunity Cannot Be Achieved

The percentage of the population that needs to be immune to attain herd immunity varies by disease and how contagious that disease is. Measles, for example, spreads so easily that an estimated 95% of a population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. In turn, the remaining 5% have protection because, at 95% coverage, measles will no longer spread. For polio, the threshold is about 80%. The notion of herd immunity only exists if an organism is capable of resisting a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies or sensitized white blood cells. In order to achieve herd immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 a large portion of a community must be immune to a disease. Neither vaccination nor previous infection with the SARS-CoV-2 provides long-lasting immunity.


On June 7, 2021, Pat Smith, the Chief Financial Officer of Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) signed a financial contract between LACOE and The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health received three hundred two million, three hundred seventy-two thousand, nine hundred eighty-one dollars ($302,372,981) of award money to test children as part of a promotional strategy vaccinate all children. This funding was part of the $10 billion dedicated to reopening schools nationally through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The County of Los Angeles was one of the 64 recipients who received award money to use testing as a marketing strategy for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 85% of the $302,372,981 award money was dedicated to purchasing test kits, personal protective equipment, and hiring staff to test and vaccinate children. Up to 15% may be used for data collection and other surveillance.

Contract No. PH-004608, Contract by and Between County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Office of Education for School-Based COVID-19 Testing in K-12 Schools.


The Contractor hereby assures that it will comply with Subchapter VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC, Sections 200 (e) (1) through 2000 (e) (17), to the end that no person shall, on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, religion, ancestry, age condition of physical handicap, marital status, political affiliation, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under this Contract or under any project, program or activity supported by this Contract.

PVPUSD engaged in blatant discriminatory practices to make life more difficult for the unvaccinated staff and students. The District targeted Unvaccinated children and made life more difficult for them and their families. And, they forced unvaccinated staff to take two weekly COVID-19 tests even though they had no symptoms or signs of illness. It was abundantly clear that the District felt it was their duty to target and harass the unvaccinated and subject them to discrimination for exercising informed consent rights.

We heard horror story after horror story from our Save PV Schools Community of Unvaccinated children being called out of class to meet in the middle of the Auditorium. Once there, the unvaccinated children were given instructions to take two COVID-19 tests to prove they were not superspreaders. And then, the Teachers or Appointed Authority Figure subjected the children to eating lunch alone on the field for ten days; modified quarantine.

Following orders is never an excuse to inflict emotional abuse on children. Our unvaccinated friends and family had to wear the Scarlet Letter A or, dare I say, "A gold Star." I wish I were making this up, but some chaperones actually did place gold stars on unvaccinated kids at A Cotillion Dance held at Miraleste. And, some of our favorite Patriotic Kids were sent home from school and punished by Teachers for participating in the Great Mask Off Protest.

PVPUSD followed Health Orders, without even a moment of reflection to consider the psychological harm inflicted on the kids for whatever legitimate reason, did not rush out to get a New Shot. Not once did PVPUSD fight back for our kids or our families to have a choice until it became the popular thing to do....two years later, after the two weeks to flatten the curve. Do they want us to thank our abusers for finally letting us up to breathe?

The Superintendent and The School Board required Principals to enforce discriminatory policies to keep their jobs. District Policies included giving total exemption to vaccinated children when a close contact was announced. And the unvaccinated had no signs of illness or infection and were only assumed sick until proven healthy.

And, even though every bit of data showed that children weren't at risk of severe COVID, the District and The Government targeted our kids with unnecessary testing. On December 23, 2021, Governor Newsom gave all public school students two at-home COVID tests, not to prevent the spread of COVID but to inflate case numbers to keep the State Of Emergency going. Newsom promised to deliver six million tests to all California kids.

The District then provided "free" Covid testing over the winter break for staff and students. Testing sites were open from December 20-22 and then again, December 27-29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. PVPUSD offered more testing as part of the Statewide Promotional Strategy to get shots in every kids' arms regardless of medical conditions or known allergies to the additives in the shots.

On Sunday, January 2, the District had another Free In-Person Testing from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. And, then again on Sunday, January 2, The District gave out Free Expired Test Kits that had their shelf life extended because apparently in a State Of Emergency regular Consumer Protection Laws can be violated. On January 2, 2022, Superintendent Chernisse said we "managed to test over 4,000 plus students and staff today!" Four Thousand tests in a day!

On January 7, 2022, Superintendent Cherniss sent out another email stating, "This past week was extremely challenging, as our district has averaged over 75 Covid positive cases of students and staff daily." He said they were doing 500 COVID-19 Antigen Tests Per week and would receive another shipment of COVID-19 tests from the State.

QUESTION: What happens when you ramp up testing and give away free COVID-19 tests to 12,000 people and then send out a District-Wide email shaming Parents for not getting vaccinated and then stating, "You have a duty to our community to be COVID tested before returning to school January 3."?

ANSWER: Case numbers surge.

School Staff and other Authorities coerced children into taking medical diagnostic tests and overrode basic consent laws by stuffing kids' backpacks with tests laced with toxic chemicals. On two occasions, the Friday before President's Day and the Friday before Martin Luther King Day, every child in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade in the Palos Verdes Unified School District was given COVID-19 test kits. Parents saw test kits sitting on school benches on the playground, and some creative scientists opened them up at lunch to test themselves. Although many test kits never made it home.

For a School District preaching about SAFETY, it appears not one person had the common sense to consider just how dangerous it can be to give medical diagnostic tests to five and six year olds.


On October 10, 2021, California Governor signed legislation to protect infants and children from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. PFAS are a class of thousands of chemicals linked to increased risk of cancer, harm to fetal development and reduced vaccine effectiveness. They are known as forever chemicals because they do not break down in the environment and build up in our blood and organs. NEWSOM broke his own LAW he wrote when he gave test kits from China to little kids.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency analyzes, tracks and regulate the use of harmful chemicals to humans and to the environment. The current TRI toxic chemical list contains 774 individually listed chemicals and 33 chemical categories. COVID-19 Home Antigen tests come with hazardous ingredients that cause acute toxicity, eye irritation, is harmful if swallowed and requires the use of protective clothing and eye protection to use.

  1. Existing law prohibits a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, or distributing in commerce any toy or childcare article that contains di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, or benzyl butyl phthalate, in concentrations exceeding 0.1%.

  2. Existing law prohibits a person from manufacturing, selling, or exchanging, having in their possession with intent to sell or exchange, or exposing or offering for sale or exchange to any retailer, any toy that is contaminated with a specified toxic substance. AB-652 Product safety: juvenile products: chemicals: perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.(2021-2022)

  3. 108946. On and after July 1, 2023, a person, including, but not limited to, a manufacturer, shall not sell or distribute in commerce in this state any new, not previously owned, juvenile product that contains regulated PFAS chemicals.

  4. 108947. A manufacturer shall use the least toxic alternative when replacing PFAS chemicals in a juvenile product in accordance with this chapter.

  5. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act, Codified at 15 U.S.C. §§ 1471−1477, Public Law 91-601, 84, Stat. 1670, the PPPA (available in PDF), requires a number of household substances to be packaged in child-resistant packaging. The purpose of the PPPA is to protect children under 5 from poisonings and deaths that can occur when children open containers of hazardous products and access the contents.The packaging required by the PPPA must be designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open within a reasonable time, and not difficult for normal adults to use properly.

  6. PREEMPTION RULE. [Sec. 231 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-314, 122 Stat. 3016 (August 14, 2008)] {Not technically part of the Poison Packaging Prevention Act} (a) Rule With Regard to Preemption.--The provisions of sections 25 and 26 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2074 and 2075, respectively), section 18 of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C. 1261 note), section 16 of the Flammable Fabrics Act (15 U.S.C. 1203), and section 7 of the Poison Packaging Prevention Act of 1970 (15 U.S.C. 1476) establishing the extent to which those Acts preempt, limit, or otherwise affect any other Federal, State, or local law, any rule, procedure, or regulation, or any cause of action under State or local law may not be expanded or contracted in scope, or limited, modified or extended in application, by any rule or regulation thereunder, or by reference in any preamble, statement of policy, executive branch statements, or other matter associated with the publication of any such rule or regulation. In accordance with the provisions of those Acts, the Commission may not construe any such Act as preempting any cause of action under State or local common law or State statutory law regarding damage claims.

  7. SEC. 9. ENFORCEMENT BY STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL. [15 U.S.C. §1477] The attorney general of a State, or other authorized State officer, alleging a violation of a standard or rule promulgated under section 3 that affects or may affect such State or its residents, may bring an action on behalf of the residents of the State in any United States district court for the district in which the defendant is found or transacts business to obtain appropriate injunctive relief. The procedural requirements of section 24(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2073(b)) shall apply to any such action.

The Los Angeles County COVID-19 policies of testing school aged children and giving out free COVID-19 test kits to Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade creates an Unsafe Environment by giving poisonous substances to children on School Campuses.

I-Health COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests have not gone through the high standards of licensing of medical diagnostic tests by the FDA. The sale and distribution of such antigen tests is only permitted under an Emergency Use Authorization. The tests come in an easy to open cardboard box with a small flimsy round sticker that does not provide an adequate seal making the box easy for any person of any age to open. Contents of the box contain 2 x COVID-19 Test Cards, two test tubes and 2 swabs.

Emergency USE Authorization and Made in CHINA

According to the Package Insert:

  1. This test is authorized for non-prescription home use from individuals aged 15 years or older with symptoms.

  2. The test is not authorized for children under the age of 15 to use on their own.

  3. Included in the cardboard box is hazardous ingredients.

    1. Solution with .1% Concentration of Triton Z-100/9002-93-1

      1. I-Health states, Harms GHS Code for each ingredients.

        1. Harmful if swallowed (H302)

        2. Cause skin irritation (H315)

        3. Cause serious eye damage (H318)

    2. Triton -solution is toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects (H411)

Precautionary Statements: Wash skin thoroughly after handling (P264), Do not eat, drink, or smoke when using this product (P270), Avoid release to the environment (P273), Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection (P280), IF SWALLOWED: call a POISON CENTER if you feel unwell. Rinse mouth (P301 + P312 + P330), IF IN EYES: rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing (P305 + P351 + P338), If eye irritation persists: get medical advice/attention (P337 + P313), Collect spillage


The State of California received $22,199,325,901 ($22.2 billion) under the American Rescue Plan ("ARP") Act of 2021 by agreeing to implement the federal guidelines set forth by the CDC for COVID-19 mitigation efforts. However, the implementation has fallen far short, and officials have failed to address these known hazards.

Question: What did PVPUSD agree to do to get their AWARD MONEY?

Answer: Give out TOXINS TO KIDS


8/2/2021 Project E: Emerging Issues Supported through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Updates to the previously published guidance reflect the current needs of recipients as they implement plans to address COVID-19 during the 2021-2022 school year. The red font throughout this guidance indicates new or updated content. A high-level summary of updates includes

  1. Activities now explicitly include both detection and prevention of COVID-19 in schools, with a continuing focus on screening testing as a mitigation strategy.

  2. Recipients $$$$$$$ are expected to utilize CDC guidance to implement the appropriate strategies for detecting and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in K-12 schools.

  3. Please refer to CDC guidance: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools. 2.

  4. Expansion of allowable costs and required screening testing activities, including: a. Support for diagnostic testing.

  5. Testing events that may also involve other mitigation activities (e.g., promotion of vaccine) to limit ELC Reopening Schools: Support for Screening testing to Reopen & Keep Schools Operating

  6. The promotion of vaccinations as part of testing/contact tracing activities and when characterized as a mitigation strategy to prevent widespread COVID-19 within the school and the community.

  7. Required reporting frequency for test volume by school district has been reduced from weekly to monthly.

  8. Any weekly data collected after July 5 may be submitted via an attachment in REDCap.

  9. Recipients $$$$$ will be required to submit an updated K-12 plan that details screening testing strategies and other activities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations in schools as community transmission and/or vaccination rates change.

Testing is NOT for SAFETY. Testing is part of The States "Build Back Better Plan." The Goal always was and will be to get the COVID-19 Vaccine added to the long list of other mandatory vaccinations so the Vaccine Industry can get richer while our kids continue to get sicker.

Learn more about the Draconian Bills headed to The State Legislature. And, fight against these Bullies.

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