Lodi Unified School District Trustee Ron Heberle sent out invitations and hosted a holiday party at his own home near the beginning of December, despite being in the middle of a global pandemic with all schools in the district being shut down.
According to Barron Sudderth, a teacher at Bear Creek High School in the Lodi Unified School District, the following invitation was sent out to over 100 attendees.
As the invitation states, the holiday party was set for December 4th. “Facial coverings are welcome but not required. Social distancing will not be enforced.” However, the district mandates teachers to wear masks and socially distance or risk getting punished.
Speaking with The Record, Mr. Heberle said it did not matter how many would attend, but he was expecting a small gathering of people within their circle of contacts, such as neighborhood families.
Mr. Ron Heberle has been the trustee of LUSD Area 5 since 2010, and is currently in the middle of his four year term that will expire at the end of 2022. He represents the following schools:
- Clyde W. Needham Elementary
- Erma B. Reese Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Lawrence Elementary
- Liberty High
- Lincoln Technical Academy
- Lodi High
- Joe Serna, Jr. Charter
- Vinewood Elementary
- Washington Elementary
San Joaquin county returned to the purple tier (widespread) under California’s blueprint for a safer economy around November 17th, and the entire San Joaquin Valley was ordered to lockdown on December 7th, three days after Mr. Heberle’s holiday party.