Los Angeles public schools has now laid down a mandate that students as young as 12 years old will have to be fully vaccinated by January to even be allowed to go on most L.A. campuses. If this school board proposal passes on Thursday, this mandate will go into effect.
The paper is claiming that they expect this proposal to be adopted simply due to the fact that most of the board members have indicated their support, and that means that it would “catapult the L.A. Unified School District into the forefront of school systems on a nationwide level that are doing a sweeping and aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Times also noted that the proposal from this second-largest school district in America would affect athletes first – and that would ensure that those who were 12 or older would be required to receive the first vaccine no later than the 3rd of October and the second dose no later than October 31st.
Moreover, all students 12 and older would need to receive their first dose no later than November 21st and their second dose no later than December 19th.
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Students return to class on Jan. 11. By Jan 10, proof of vaccination would have to be “uploaded and approved in LAUSD’s Daily Pass program except for those students with qualified and approved exemptions and conditional admissions,” the proposal says.
The Daily Pass allows a student onto campus and, up to now, has tracked weekly coronavirus test results. Parents and students also use the pass to self-report whether a student has symptoms.
Vaccine exemptions could be obtained for documented medical reasons.
“The percentage of children hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 has been disproportionately rising, indicating that children are at a greater risk from contracting the Delta variant due to high transmission rates with possibility of long-term symptoms from COVID-19,” the resolution states, according to the paper.
Last August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave their full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 16 and older; those 12 and older have now been able to receive the Pfizer shot under the federal use emergency declaration designation since the spring. The Times reported that full FDA approval for individuals 12 and older is expected in the coming weeks.”
Last August, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was in support of the COVID-19 vaccinations as one of the main requirements for attending school, calling it a “good idea.”
In July, the L.A. school district said they were requiring all students and employees that had returned for in-person learning to get a weekly COVID-19 test.
Meanwhile, the President of United Teachers Los Angeles earlier last month declared that while many of the students had been away from the classroom during the pandemic, they “may not have learned all their times tables” and they nevertheless still “know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and a coup.”