High School Mask Mandates

Palicke v. Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD)

Public school student forced to homeschool after refusing high school’s all day masking requirement.


On April 26, 2022, Pearson and her FLTJ colleagues Jessica Barsotti, Rita Barnett-Rose and Nicole Krasny Asch filed a lawsuit on behalf of Children’s Health Defense-California and parent Chris Palicke (on behalf of himself and his son Aidan) against Placentia-Yorba

Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD), and Yorba Linda High School (YLHS) in Orange County Superior Court. Also named were several individual school district officials and teachers, all for their illegal and reckless coerced placement of students into independent study programs for failing to comply with an irrational, cruel and illegal mask mandate.


Plaintiffs sought damages and relief related to their son being removed from YLHS and forced into independent at-home study because he refused to wear a mask 6-8 hours per day.