An estimated 30 to 35 Mat-Su parents, students and others turned out for a 7 a.m. protest rally outside Career Tech High School on Aug. 31.

Students and parents take part in an Aug. 31 protest against mask mandates at Career Tech High School.

As cars and busses arrived, they were welcomed by signs that read “Unmask our kids,” “No more face diapers,” “Oxygen is Essential,” and many others. According to organizers, the goal was to urge the school to stop forcing students to wear masks throughout the academic day. If the friendly honks and thumbs ups were any indication, many Mat-Su residents agreed with the protesters.

Parents who have children attending the school say students have only had a single maskless day since the academic year began on Aug. 18.

According to the Mat-Su Borough School District website, any school that is deemed “medium risk” must require masks in classrooms and throughout the building. If a single student tests positive for COVID, this can be enough to classify a school as “medium risk” and trigger the mask mandate. On average, the medium risk schools have had about 8.4 students test positive per week. Career Tech has 13 students who have tested positive over the past seven days.

Students, parents and others take part in an Aug. 31 protest against mask mandates at Career Tech High School.

As of Sept. 1, the district’s website reports that 21% of Mat-Su schools are currently classified as “medium risk,” with 10 schools now mandating masks. Butte Elementary and Glacier View are only school deemed “high risk” and both schools have been temporarily shuttered. Another 35 schools are in the “low risk” category which only recommends masks but does not require them.

Scores of studies have been published indicating that mask wearing is ineffective against viruses, these include reports from the CDC and the National Institute for Health. Protest organizers aim to highlight this fact on Tuesday.

“Mask worn all day at school impair COGNITION, cause rashes, acne, skin breakdown, headaches and (are) again DEEMED INEFFECTIVE,” organizers stated.

Last week Mat-Su School Superintendent Dr. Randy Trani said he has had to walk a fine line with regard to mask mandates. Speaking during an Aug. 24 Zoom meeting with state health officials, he said the district is attempting to get as many kids as possible back in public schools, but said there is a “significant portion of our families who won’t put their kids in schools with masks in place.” He cited a June survey of Mat-Su parents that showed they were “dramatically against masks.”

Nevertheless, he said the district has implemented its alert level system as a way to try and keep schools open and maskless as much as possible, while retaining the power to mandate masks and close schools when he and district leadership deem it necessary.


  • Mat-Su residents have an opportunity share their opinions on school mask mandates at the Sept. 1 Mat-Su School Board meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Public testimony can be provided in person or may be submitted in writing and emailed to the School Board using the link located on the School Board website. Members of the public wishing to provide testimony telephonically must sign up no later than 3pm the day of the meeting by calling or emailing School Board Administrative Assistant Stacy Escobedo at or 907-746-9272
  • Meetings are live-streamed HERE.

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Mat-Su parents hold early-morning protest against school mask mandates

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Timothy Colbath says:

    They are Still using the RT-PCR tests. The CDC demanded on 07/21/2021 in the Alert to testing labs – to stop using the RT-PCR tests by December 31st 2021 due to the fact they can Not differentiate between Covid-19 and Influenza and the Government wants to use tests that CAN – by waiting until the end of December to do so? When there are FDA Approved test available (according to the lab alert) that CAN differentiate between Covid-19 and Influenza currently available?
    “07/21/2021: Lab Alert: Changes to CDC RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2 Testing” – Look it up for yourselves!

  • NAV says:

    “Group together where class action is affordable and you take it to each “State” supreme court over civil liberties, civil rights, and covering up with non informed consent. The 4th amendment hasn’t been repealed,”yet”……… Transfer of liability fall on the people coercing and threatening some kind of punitive damage. Polices’s have no force or function of law. The hospitals and businesses have no police powers to demand anything. Her testimony their is on the record and can be used as an affidavit. The state supreme court has original jurisdiction and oversight as the act breaches the state and national constitutions. The argument then has nothing to do with a shot, but the actions of individual private corporations, businesses and companies.”

  • Michael S Totten says:

    The only thing an FDA approval does is release these idiots from libel

    • Fred Lee says:

      I wonder though— should not a private employer have every right to set the terms of employment?

      I am a believer in individual freedom. That allows one the freedom to refuse the vaccine, but it also allows a company to decline to employ or serve an unvaccinated person.

      By the way, I also support the right of a bakery to refuse to bake a cake for a gay wedding, or a photographer to refuse to photograph a gay wedding. This is no different.

  • Matthew says:

    Take your children out of these schools people.

  • Melanie Yuknis says:

    I believe that having a well defined, graduated mitigation plan, following the most current CDC recommendations, that responds to community spread is not only appropriate but necessary to keep our schools open. I believe that the district has created more confusion and resistance with their refusal to have a specific outlines guidelines for moving between risk ratings. Informing us that a committee will “take many factors into account” before moving between risk levels is very vague. While I respect their right to protest, I believe protesting outside the school board meetings would be more appropriate. On a selfish note, I am dismayed this protest may delay my daughter from getting to school on time.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    This is why tyranny works.
    Now you understand how the Maoists, Marxists, Leninists, and Nazis came to power and kept it.
    Because brainless “useful idiots” are more than willing to engage in mindless theater and believe propaganda – and de-humanize opposition.
    These people that are wearing the masks and promoting FearPorn to our children are DANGEROUS.

  • Nicole says:

    Can you cite some of these studies that you claim prove masks are ineffective, Joel?

    • Lobo says:

      Can you cite reputable studies that prove masks do work, Nicole ? The NIH, FDA, and other lab tests show that they do not filter the micron sized germs molecules, and do present a dangerous health hazard, especially to children. That is a fact.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        “germs molecules”? Is that the same as a virus?

      • Lobo says:

        Actually, no. A little education on the subject would be very beneficial to those involved in decision makings, and those who are the intended subjects.. and for any efforts to impose the unconstitutional mandates on a free society. One’s fears do not put the citizens under the thumb of a would be king. A good understanding always begins with discovery, based upon substantiated results.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        I was being rhetorical and a little sarcastic. I think the anti-vaxxers would do well to employ the scientific method to obtain direction.

    • MMD says:

      A most thorough, randomized blind study on mask-wearing effects on respiratory viral transmission was done in 2015, before the politicization of the debate (MacIntyre et al 2015)¹. The authors concluded that health care workers wearing cloth masks actually suffered a *higher* rate of infection than the control group. The researchers concluded that cloth face masks were essentially useless for protection, and in fact actually presented a risk of harm.
      ¹MccIntyre CR, Seale H, Dung TC et al. “A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers.” BMJ Open 2015 Mar;5:e006577

  • Vonda Sanders says:

    Protest!!! Masks dont work!

    • Elaine Richey says:

      Vonda, please contact me to plan for MORE peaceful protests against
      masks and other harmful “medical” mandates!

  • Jackie says:

    Way to go parents. I agree, no masks!

  • Jen says:

    As the children under 5 are aging I hope those parents are planning for other education other than using public school. We might not see the drastic disenrollment until children under five reach grade level. I hope!

    • Ceak says:

      Both of mine are under 5. I’ve already been researching home school options.

      • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

        The first year is rocky, the second year of homeschooling is bliss! Don’t quit, your kids are worth it!!

  • A. N. Gottschalk says:


    Why are you so willing to gamble on the lives of the young to promote yourself as an anti-establishment “conservative?” Parents–conservative or liberal–want what’s best for their children. Why not give the young the added advantage of using a mask to protect them from COVID? Hasn’t COVID proved deadly enough for you to caution your “camp followers” to take extra precautions to protect their children? There is something askew with you–a self-loathing “man” out for what who can say? If one of the children in the Mat-Su school system dies of COVID, I hope you burn in hell, because you know better than to mindlessly endanger the lives of the young over a simple thing as wearing a mask. Why not ban shoes and socks, jackass?

    I’m leaving this perverted forum: there ain’t nothing conservative about vileness! Ta-ta!

    • Lobo says:

      Good to see you leave… Masks are a significant health risk to children. That has been proven in lab tests. The masks present a higher health risk to children than COVID. Again, good to see you get the hell out of here. Don’t let the Tab hit you in the butt.

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        Yes Good riddance’s
        What don’t you get the CDC is just a recommendation.

    • A. N. Gottschalk says:

      Editor, Lobo, and the Proud,

      This site reeks of hypocrisy! Family oriented!! Yeah, yeah! Pro-life!!! Oh, yes! But, yet, you refuse to protect the children at school! You are off to “paradise” on the “cheap!”

      • Mo says:

        Move along, Satans minion.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        OMG! No wonder this website has such a wacky reputation!

      • Lobo says:

        Again, good to be rid of your ignorant suggestions that you pretend to “protect” children.. It is the fools of such leanings that endanger our children. The fools that think that their fears over rule the true science, and would put the citizens in a Gulag for disobedience, and defying the king’s mandates. Masks are a extreme health risk for children.. Educate yourself, if possible.. BTW,.. I thought that you were “gone”.. Yet, I see you are back “again”.

      • Ceak says:

        Protecting our kids means keeping their faces mask free. Masks are not healthy.

      • Evan S Singh says:

        But COVID is?

      • Common Peasant says:

        Psychological assault is not healthy.

        Masks are conditioning children to fear, and fear leads to manipulation.

    • Evan S Singh says:

      Right on Gootschalk!

  • Elaine Richey says:

    Want to be involved in MORE peaceful protests against ALL “medical” mandates?
    Contact me for planning. TOGETHER we must stand up for our rights as citizens to stop tyranny.

  • blog says:

    lmao bro you cant cite “studies” with another antimasker jounalist

    • Lobo says:

      Why bother with so called “Journalists”.. Research the NIAH, FDA, and other government lab tests.. Those lab results are readily available, and should be observed by the persons interested in the final reports.

      • blog says:

        okay buddy maybe your new to journalism but you need to actually cite the sources 🙂 don’t worry, it might be your first day so I wont get mad at you, because its clear to me you didn’t actually read my comment, instead seeing the word journalist and getting triggered like a snowflake.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Oh good grief. So before any possible reader reads further – I am against wearing masks in schools they way their are being made to be worn.

    I am so glad I no longer have school age children and if I did I would be homeschooling, because, I did homeschool. With that said I am weary of the partial information, engineered information – from both sides. I skimmed most of the supposed ‘research’ articles linked to above to Life Site – all cherry picked, all full of holes with myriads of uncontrolled variables, all from the research objective position of a mask protecting the wearer ——- which no, it really doesn’t. All were inconclusive. Lots of research money spent with not much outcome. No ‘research’ articles studying the mask as a shield. Which for practical purposes is how it is intended, to protect others, not the wearer, from droplets being emitted by the wearer. No, the mask will not keep the virus out if it is already in the air. All the obstinate anti mask rhetoric is predominantly about the ‘me’ factor. ‘Masks don’t work, because the don’t protect ‘me’. There is no thought of the idea of shielding ones coughing, sneezing, hard consonants – propelling droplets into the air that could indeed carry the covid virus. Sorry, the whole argument is so narcissistic it is cringe worthy.

    With that said though, and even though I will disagree with the point the author is trying to make that masks don’t work (only to protect him) I am still against masking our kids in the schools. Because although those masks are effective as shields, they also do indeed could harbor bacteria that can be very bad for the wearer. A surgeon changes their mask every two hours. And it is done with a sterile protocol. Unless our kids are changing to clean masks at least every couple hours, it is really unhealthy to be wearing them nonstop all day.

    Far better to social distance, diligently and correctly wash hands, and maybe use a mask in crowded indoor transitions. That would be it though. Hence were I a parent with my child at Career Tech, I likely would be out there protesting too, but I might have a mask on to protect the parents closely around me.

    • Alaskan says:

      It’s a nice to hear you do not support putting cloth on children’s faces, but I no need for it on anybody’s face, unless it’s a work related and person is evaluated by OSHA for fitting to wear certain mask.

      You forgot to mention something for surgeons.

      #1 he/she is an adult with all organs and brain fully developed on the (we assuming) normal amount of oxygen during childhood and youth ages.
      #2 in the operating room very clean air with special filtering system in place.
      #3 the masking for surgeons required due to them not spit in the open wound or facial hair fell into and no any other reasons.

      “Far better to social distance…”
      I suggest you and everyone who is so fall for it look no further then
      “Bogardus social distance scale”.
      Like never before is done attempt to distance, separate, segregate people on very different levels ALL over the world. It should make people stop, think and make a conclusion. And say big NO to it!

  • Ralph says:

    It’s sad how many future lil socialists drive around with their face diapers on… or walk outside with it on.
    -Sheeple will walk themselves into their own butcher.

  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    I encourage you all to search for C.S. Lewis’ essay “On Living in an Atomic Age” it speaks flawlessly to the age we’re in despite being written in 1948.
    “It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and making long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.”

  • Alaskan says:

    It’s just a normal beginning of the year. Children always always were getting runny noses and coughs in the beginning of the school year.
    What a big deal?! Why do you need to run for testing? Stop all these testing! It will NEVER end, never.