On the evening of Sunday, November 14, hundreds of pairs of shoes appeared at the Snowline Joint Unified District Offices at 4075 Nielson Road in Phelan. Shoes were placed one pair next to another, each perfectly lined up in the walkway and office doorway blocking the entry to the office, in hopes district staff would see them Monday morning as they returned to work from their weekend off. Once discovered by district staff, they were quickly removed prior to opening for business.
Each pair of shoes was intended to represent a student who will no longer attend Snowline Joint Unified Schools if the district adheres to mandated vaccinations for COVID-19 to participate in on-campus in-person learning. Many Snowline parents do not see Snowline Academy, an online at-home learning alternative to in-person learning, as an appropriate option for their unvaccinated child. They feel this would segregate unvaccinated students from vaccinated students.
Several concerned parents and students got together and planned this event to demonstrate to the district and its board members that they are against mandated vaccinations for staff and students. The Snowline Board of Trustees has developed a letter and a resolution representing their stance on the matter. The idea of the shoe drop was to show the district that they would suffer financial hardship from the number of students that would no longer attend by leaving schools under the Snowline Joint Unified School District altogether.
Pictures of the event were posted on social media. Many additional parents commented that if they had been informed about the shoe drop-off at the district offices, they would have participated to show their support against mandatory vaccination mandates.