Another parent Lisa Brizendine who was one of the mute participants during the meeting could be heard saying: "They don't know what we [inaudible] behind the scenes, and it's really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back".
Her remark comes at the 6:03-minute mark.
Several of the board members allegedly believed that no parents were on the call and started making fun of them during the virtual meeting.
"Are we alone?" questioned Kim Beede, one of the board members, before giving her take on a critic: "B-, if you're going to call me out, I'm going tof- you up".
"My brother had a delivery service for medical marijuana and his clientele were parents with their kids at school", trustee Richie Masadas said. However, most of the board members didn't realize that the meeting was public and in the process made some harsh comments that left the parents offended.
"Parents were tuned in to learn if we will be sending our kids back to school soon and if not, why", Rebecca Mackowiak stated on the petition calling for the resignations. I have been and continue to be committed to working together for the betterment of the Oakley Union Elementary School District students, staff and entire school community. A school official told Politico the district is considering an April return date.
In the recording, board members can be heard lamenting the fact that they've faced criticism on social media from fed-up parents desperate for a break from virtual school. California is one of the last states in the country where most students have not set foot in a classroom since March, according to Politico, and disputes between politicians, teachers' unions and parents have grown increasingly rancorous.
"Uh-oh", said Beede, when she realized their meeting was open to the public.
None of the school board members have publicly addressed the incident, but Hetrick, who was present throughout the call but did not participate in the parent-bashing, issued an apology for the "unfortunate and truly inappropriate comments".
Parents took umbrage with the comments as students in the school district, which is located in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay area, have been learning remote for nearly a year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
'The comments made were not in alignment with our Vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders.
"One of my biggest concerns is, we see this being dragged out longer and longer to [the point] where I have the concern of - by the time my kids are ready to go in next year - is school going to be back to normal?" "I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened". I am responsible and accountable and I am truly sorry for what took place. I pledge to work collaboratively with stakeholders and community members to begin doing the important work that is needed to rebuild community trust in our district'.