LAUSD Considers Pushing Back Vaccine Mandate For Students – CBS Los An…

LAUSD Considers Pushing Back Vaccine Mandate For Students – CBS Los An…

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Following weeks of protest, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Friday that it may consider delaying the requirement that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend in-person classes.

Protesters keep up a rally against the LAUSD student COVID-19 vaccination mandate outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A. on Dec. 8, 2021. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

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The LAUSD Board of Education will keep up a meeting Monday to discuss whether to delay the requirement to the fall semester of 2022.

Back in September, the LAUSD board approved a mandate requiring that all students ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated. As it stands now, the mandate would take effect when the spring semester begins on Jan. 10.

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Students ages 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by that time would not be allowed onto an LAUSD campus. They would either be required to move into the district’s online instruction program, or leave the district thoroughly.

This all follows a report Tuesday from the Los Angeles Times which stated that approximately 34,000 LAUSD students ages 12 and older are either unvaccinated or have not reported their vaccination position to the district. In a news release Friday, LAUSD said the possible change in its guidelines was prompted by the rate of students who are currently fully vaccinated, a number which currently stands at 86.52%.

“The science is clear – vaccinations are an basic part of protection against COVID-19,” interim LAUSD Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said in a statement. “LAUSD applauds the 86.52 percent of students aged 12 and older and their families who are in compliance with the vaccine mandate, and the many other families who are nevertheless in the time of action of adding their vaccine records to the system. This is a major meaningful development, and there’s nevertheless more time to get vaccinated!”

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All LAUSD faculty and staff are also required to be vaccinated. LAUSD confirmed Tuesday that 496 district employees had been fired for not meeting the vaccine mandate.

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