Schools districts in California said they will remove a letter from President Donald Trump from food boxes that are to be distributed among the districts' families.
The letter, printed on White House letterhead in both English and Spanish, reminds the recipient of Trump administration's effort to secure adequate nutrition for America's needy families amid the pandemic. It also recommends that Americans practice good hygiene, stay home when feel sick, protect the most vulnerable individuals, practice social distancing, and "consider wearing a face covering in public."
The San Diego Unified School District specifically took issue with the president's message regarding masks. According to district officials, it is wrong to recommend instead of order students to wear a mask.
Marten told CBS that the removal of Trump's letter will occur as part of the existing delivery process, which requires every box to be opened before distribution.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest public school district in the nation, also announced it won't include the letter when handing food boxes to families. Superintendent Austin Beutner said Wednesday that adding a letter from the president seeking reelection to federal relief packages is a violation of Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employee from using their official authority to affect the result of an election.
The Oakland Unified School District did not remove the letter, but issued a trigger warning particularly concerning illegal immigrant families. "OUSD is a sanctuary district, inside a sanctuary city, inside a sanctuary state, which means we support ALL of our students, families and staff no matter where they came from or how they got here," it said.