More than 100 parent advocacy groups across the State of Michigan reject mandates (local or national) that force or require children, preschool through college, to be masked, vaccinated, close contact quarantined, or submit to asymptomatic COVID testing in order to attend a school or play school-related sports.
Dear President Biden, Governor Whitmer, CDC Leadership, MDHHS Leadership, and School Administrators,
We represent approximately 120,000 parents from over 100 parent advocacy groups in the great State of Michigan and we hereby inform you that we will not allow a repeat of the 2020-2021 school year.
We parents have had enough of forced mandates, knee-jerk reactions, and government overreach into decision-making regarding the well-being of our children. We will not co-parent with the government. We have watched our children succumb to harm at the hands of the government, special interest groups, and inept leadership, and will not tolerate the continuation of it. We believe in choice and parental rights. We believe that all children should have the right to an education, free from mandates that have not been proven necessary or beneficial. Universal and “one size fits all” approaches have failed Michigan’s school children. Children are not political pawns and our tax dollars are not to be used to cater to the demands of special interest groups, unions, or any other political organization.
As we enter the 2021-2022 school year, parents must have a choice. Education will not be conditioned upon wearing a mask, scheduled COVID testing, or vaccination status. Our children will not be mandated to miss school for 14 days due to close contact quarantines. Parents will be the decision-makers for the health and well-being of our children, and we will no longer remain silent. We will stand up for our children and their rights. To the school boards, school administrators, local government leaders, and businesses who have respected parental choice, we applaud you. We anticipate and appreciate your continued support of children and our rights as parents to do what is best for them as individuals. We do not wish to take away from the learning environment of any child, and therefore support choices for individual families.
For the officials who do not support parents and our right to choose, please take note. Our voices, our votes, and our dollars will be directed to the schools, candidates, and businesses that support Michigan’s parents and students. Calls for mandates, lockdowns, and universal masking in schools are not rooted in science and have caused significant harm to the most vulnerable in our state. We, parents, have made this known to you for over a year, and yet your message continues to be one of authority and cruelty, disregarding the social and emotional well-being of Michigan’s 1.4 million students. Over 120,000 of us (and growing) have linked arms as mothers, fathers, educators, healthcare professionals, and community members to make sure that parents always have a seat at the table when the issue is the education of our children. We implore you to do what is right and to stop pushing fear, political agendas. and bad science at the feet of our most precious members of society. Enough is enough.
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.
Sincerely, MICHIGAN Save Our Kids Open Our Schools Let Them Play Michigan, Inc. Americans Against Forced Vaccinations Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic School Parents for Liberty
Bay County Parents Against Close Contact Quarantines
Berrien County Parents for School Freedoms
Bloomingdale Our Children, Our Choice Bluewater Informed Families & Community Together
BPS Parents for Liberty Caro Community Parents Cass City Parents Stand Up Centerline Public Schools United Parents Cheboygan Freedom Fighters Chelsea Return to Learn Chippewa County Business Owners Chippewa Valley Schools-Take Back Our Schools Clare County Parents Against Mask & Vaccine Mandates
Clarkston Parents United Clarkston Schools Parent Advocates Common Sense for Grosse Pointe Schools Coopersville Community for Medical Freedom Dundee Families Against Forced Mandates & Recommendations East China School District Parents
Eaton Rapids Students First
Edwardsburg Parent Network
Escanaba Parents Against Restrictions
FEC United Michigan
Forest Hills for Just Education Fowlerville Parents United Frankenmuth Families Taking a Stand Free Our Lake Orion Community Schools Students
Freedom for Fall-Van Buren County Freedom for Flushing Kids Freeland Parents Stand Up Freeschoolers of Michigan Fruitport Parents Stand Up Galesburg Augusta Parents for Choice Gladiator Pride! Fowlerville Parent and Community Page
Gladwin Parents Against Forced Masks and Forced Testing
Grand Haven Conservative Parents Grand Ledge Parents for In-Person Learning Grand Rapids Diocese Catholic Schools Families for Medical Freedom Get Northville Kids Back to School Hopkins Breathing Freely Huron Valley Schools Parent Advocates Informed Choice Michigan Informed Parents of Allendale Informed Parents of Michigan Informed Parents of Kalamazoo and Portage Public Schools Informed Parents of Mona Shores Public Schools Informed Parents of Ottawa and Kent Informed Parents of Spring Lake Island Parents (Grosse Ille) JPS for Youth Lowell Kids 1st Marysville Parents for Quality Education Mecosta County Parents for Freedom of Choice in our Schools Michigan Educators Advocating for Freedom
Michigan Patriots-Genesee County
Michigan for Vaccine Choice Michigan Health Choice Alliance Moms for Liberty-Ingham County Moms for Liberty-Livingston County Moms for Liberty-Macomb County Monroe Public Parents, Standing Up for Our Children Montague Parents Speak Out Muskegon County Parents Unite Open Up MSU & U of M Ortonville Parents Standing Up for Our Kids Otsego and Plainwell Parents for Choice
Ottawa County Parent Voices for Freedom of Health Choice
Ottawa Impact Our Children, Our Choice Parent Voices of EGR Parents Against Tyranny Parents Peacefully Protesting Mask Mandates Parents of Wayne/Westland Public Schools Patriot Parents of Rochester Hills P-CCS Families for F2F Reed City Parents/Community Members Against Masks Reeths Puffer Informed Parents Riverview Parents Against Masks Rochester Community Schools Parents for In-person Education Saline Supports Return to Learn South Lyon Families Who Support In-person Learning Southgate Parents Against Mandates Speak Up Sparta Stand Up & Fight for Yale Students Stand Up Blue Devils-Richmond Stand Up Bulldogs-Romeo Stand Up Byron Center Stand Up Cal (Caledonia) Stand Up Calhoun County Stand Up CAPS (Coopersville Area Public Schools) Stand Up Cedar Springs Stand Up Clinton County Stand Up for Freedom & Our Kids-Ogemaw County Stand Up Kent County Stand Up Lenawee County Stand Up Rockford Stand Up TK Stand Up Wayland Summerfield Parents for Autonomy Time for a Change in Linden, Michigan Unite Downriver Free Our Children United Downriver Free Our Children United Parents of Livonia Public Schools United Parents of St. Clair County U-M Livingston County Unmask Clinton County Unmask National Heritage Academies Unmask Our Bedford Kids Unmask Our Children-Lapeer Unmask Our Children Michigan Unmask Our Kids Garden City Unmask Our Kids North Branch
Unmask Shiawassee County Unmask the Children of Ida Utica Community Schools Parents Against the School Board Vicksburg Parents Against C-19 Mandates Walled Lake Parents Supporting In-Person Education Waterford Schools United for Choice West End Local Voices Marquette Whitehall Informed Parents Stand Up Armada Tigers Senator Kim LaSata, Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Universities & Community Colleges
Senator Lana Theis, Chair, Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness
Senator Jim Runestad, District 15