California closes Christian kindergarten and bans principal from EVER working with children again after failing to get two-year-olds to keep masks up in class
- Tiffany McHugh will never be allowed to work with children again after the California Department of Social Services revokes her license
- She was the principal of the Foothills Christian Church Preschool in San Diego when it closed in December for ‘failing’ to make two-year-olds wear masks.
- The department quoted it as ‘failing to ‘encourage’ students to wear one and found staff none either.
- Parents are now protesting the closure, with many saying they ‘trust’ McHugh to look after their children and it’s the ‘safest school around’
- McHugh has appealed the suspension and the appeal is set for February 11
A California kindergarten Christian director has been banned from working with children after she ‘failed to encourage’ two-year-olds to wear face masks in class.
Tiffany McHugh, the principal of Foothills Christian Church Preschool in San Diego, had her driver’s license revoked after the Department of Social Services closed the kindergarten because McHugh was unable to get students to keep their masks on.
“We ran into a lot of parents who didn’t want their kids masked so young,” McHugh told CBS 8.
“There were a lot of kids who were just too young to wear masks, they turned them off. it is really difficult.’
Tiffany McHugh has been banned forever after the California Department of Social Services closed the Foothills Christian Church Preschool in December
Parents are now protesting the closure outside the school, saying they want their children to go to school there
Social services began visiting the school in September after a complaint from parents about the mask policy. In November, the school was cleared of the violation, but a few weeks later the department returned for a routine check and found that students were no longer wearing masks.
“We were supposed to keep working on it, but three days later they came in and shut us down,” McHugh told CBS 8.
The department cited the kindergarten’s failure to ensure that employees wear masks, in addition to “not encouraging” students to do so.
The school has appealed the suspended license and will appeal hearing is scheduled
The school’s license was revoked after the department said it “failed to encourage” kindergartens to wear masks and that not all staff wore one
It is also alleged that McHugh stopped state workers from inspecting the building to give workers and students time to put on masks.
The department claimed the school failed to “regularly and often encourage and encourage students aged two and above to wear face coverings at all times.”
In addition, the department has taken her driver’s license forever and she is no longer allowed to work with children.
McHugh said the Christian school has appealed the suspended license and the hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11.
Now parents are protesting the shutdown outside the school following the Dec. 10 shutdown, after months of working hand in hand with the state to improve.
GOP State Senator Brian Jones and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells also joined the protests.
One parent, who spoke to CBS 8 and was not identified, said: ‘We feel our children are safe in her care and the care of the other staff.
Several parents have spoken out about the closure. Derrek Cardinale (left) said it was the “safest school around” and was “upset” that it had to close.
Another parent, real estate agent Derrek Cardinale, said Foothills Christian School is the “safest school around” and said he was “surprised and angry” that the school is closing.
Several allege the school was ‘targeted’ after the ward had been visited 11 times in just a few months, compared to very rarely seen at other neighboring schools.
“They had it aimed at us,” David Hoffman, senior pastor of Foothills Christian Church, told KUSI. “Have you ever tried to put a mask on a two-year-old? I mean, come on!
“A lot of these parents don’t want their kids to wear masks.”
DailyMail.com has contacted the California Department of Social Services for comment.
Child masking has become a hot-button issue in recent months. Vaccines are only available to children five years and older, and many states encourage children under that age to wear the face covering, even though they are at very low risk of serious or fatal COVID infection.