7th graders asked vax status by NPA principal during class, sent home if they refused to answer. 


7th graders asked vax status by NPA principal during class, sent home if they refused to answer. 

By Olivia Oravits, contributor on the Jeff Oravits Show

Northland Preparatory Academy (NPA), a Flagstaff charter school, sent unvaccinated seventh grade students home on Monday after asking for personal medical information from each student during class in front of the other students.

Principal Jay Litwicki claims that an adult received a positive test result in the beginning of the school day after exposing many of the seventh grade students. The students were then individually asked during class by the principal and the teacher whether they were vaccinated or not, and those who weren’t, or who refused to answer, were sent home. 

Micah, a seventh grade student at the school, refused to answer whether he was vaccinated or not and was sent home along with most of his other classmates. During an interview on the Jeff Oravits Show shortly after the incident, Micah explained that the teacher, during class, went around the room and individually asked each student to reveal their medical information. Anyone who said they were not vaccinated or those who refused to answer were sent to the gym to wait for their parents to pick them up.

Rachel Worley and her 7th grade NPA son Micah on the Jeff Oravits Show

An email sent to the seventh grade families later that day stated that, “If your 7th grade student is not FULLY vaccinated, you must pick them up from school as soon as possible.” Micah confirms that after the teacher asked for their vaccination status, the principal reentered the room and clarified that to be fully vaccinated meant to either have gotten the second shot in the past six months or to have the booster shot.

Besides that email on Monday morning, Rachel Worley, Micah’s mother, stated that “They really haven’t communicated on why that unfolded the way it did and how abrupt it was”. She says that beside the first email, they have gotten no information on why it happened or what will happen next. Rachel is frustrated that the principal would ask a medically related questions when “there was no parent present” and that with health concerns “there needs to be a parent present”. 

“there was no parent present”, with health concerns “there needs to be a parent present”.  Rachel Worley, mother of 7th grader Micah

        NPA is no stranger to publicly segregating students due to Covid related issues. In August several students were called out of class for refusing to follow a mask mandate that was, at the time, instituted contrary to state law. NPA’s controversial Board President Cristy Zeller abruptly resigned during this incident after posting derogatory statements on social media towards parents and students who protested the Board’s adoption of this mask mandate. In the post she stated that parents and students who disagree with mask mandates were “the worst of humanity” and should  “STFU [shut the f*** up]” about their freedom. 

Rachel is frustrated by the schools board saying that it feels like there’s a small amount of people on the board that “have very opinionated feelings” who appear to all be on the same side and that no one else has a voice.  They don’t “even listen to the other side on just about anything” Rachel stated. Rachel says that Micah and his family have decided that they will not be returning to NPA after this and other incidents. He will be home schooling for the rest of the year. “I never dreamed that I would actually want to do homeschooling,” said seventh grade Micah. “But now I do.”

“I never dreamed that I would actually want to do homeschooling,”
7th grader Micah


Interview of Micah and his mother Rachel discussing this incident can be heard on the Jeff Oravits Show Podcast here.  

Note: Olivia Oravits is a former student at NPA but left the school after several controversial issues including the school’s focus on Diversity Equity and Inclusion and their mask mandate.



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