- The Los Angeles Public School District (LAUSD) has given its employees an extra month to vaccinate, facing the prospect of sacking unvaccinated teachers.
- Workers now have until November 15 to be fully vaccinated – although they must report at least one dose by October 15 to continue working individually.
- As of September 27, one in five workers has not yet provided proof of vaccination – this could represent more than 10,000 people.
- LAUSD is also one of the very few school districts that requires vaccinations for eligible students, who must receive their shots by December to attend class in January.
- So far, vaccinations and other safeguards seem to be keeping cases low on the LAUSD, with the test positivity rate at 0.1% as of Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has given its employees an extra month to complete its COVID-19 vaccine mandate because thousands of workers have yet to meet the requirement.
Employees now have two doses of either Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna’s COVID vaccine to be vaccinated by November 15, but they need at least one dose by October 15 – the original deadline – to continue working individually. have to report.
As of 27 September, one in five employees had not yet provided proof of their vaccination. Los Angeles Times reported.
The public school district is also one of the only school districts in the country to require vaccinations for students 12 years of age and older. Students must be fully vaccinated by the end of December to attend in-person classes in January.
As of now, high vaccination rates and other safeguards such as weekly tests are keeping the cases low in the district with a test positivity rate of 0.1 per cent as of Tuesday.
The Los Angeles School District has extended its vaccination deadline by a month, as many teachers and staff have not yet been vaccinated. Pictured: A Los Angeles student receives Pfizer supplements at the local YMCA, August 2021
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest in the country, serving more than 600,000 students.
Like other districts in California, LAUSD has a need for vaccine For teachers and staff from mid-August.
The mandate of the LAUSD goes beyond a state requirement, however, by mandating vaccination without the option of weekly testing in place of jabs.
The district is also the first district in the country to require vaccination for eligible students above the age of 12 years.
But so far, the LAUSD has faced challenges in fully implementing its staffing mandate.
The requirement stated that employees had to be fully vaccinated by October 15, meaning they would receive the second of two Pfizer or Moderna doses.
Yet, as of September 27, nearly one in five employees had not yet provided proof of their vaccination.
According to the LA Times it could represent ‘more than 10,000 people’.
Those 10,000 employees now have more time to get their shots: the deadline for the second dose has been extended by a month to November 15.
Interim superintendent Megan Reilly told the LA Times, ‘We don’t want people out of jobs.’ ‘Our employees are one of the strongest assets we have.’
Still, she stressed that ‘we are absolutely adamant about keeping our schools the safest possible environment – and vaccination is clearly the way to keep them safe.’
LAUSD employees have time to learn about vaccines and make educated decisions, Reilly said — but their time is limited.
“People have to be vaccinated or they’re not going to be part of the district,” she told the LA Times.
The interim superintendent of LAUSD said, ‘People have to be vaccinated or they’re not going to be part of the district. Pictured: Students wait in line to get vaccinated at their high school in El Sereno, east of Los Angeles, August 2021
Representatives from the LAUSD teachers union, SEIU Local 99, negotiated an extended deadline with the district.
According to the new agreement, employees have until November 15 to take their second dose – but they must receive at least one dose by October 15 to continue working.
Employees who do not report at least one dose of the vaccine by October 15 will be placed on paid leave until October 31, giving them an additional two weeks to get vaccinated.
‘The extension of the vaccination requirement timeline will ensure that we can maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and staff and minimize disruptions to services as we continue to address the challenges of the pandemic.’ The union said in a statement.
The LAUSD has not reported updated vaccination numbers since September 27.
The district also hasn’t reported a number of employees who have applied—or been approved—for vaccine exemptions, which may be on religious or medical grounds.
The LA Times reported that any employees who are exempt from the approved vaccine will need to change their responsibilities so that they are no longer in direct contact with others.
Some staff have already been redeployed to the City of Angels program, which provides online and independent instruction to students.
LAUSD sees low COVID case count this fall, with current test positivity rate of 0.1% (up)
LAUSD also hasn’t updated how many students are in compliance with the district’s vaccine mandate for students.
The requirement would first apply to students over the age of 12 who are participating in sports and other individual extra-curricular activities. They should be fully vaccinated by October 31.
Then, all other eligible students must be fully vaccinated by the end of December to attend in-person classes in January.
Despite the challenges of enforcing the vaccine requirement for employees, LAUSD has faced criticism from parents who wanted all teachers to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
LAUSD parent Tor Leonard said, ‘I would consider having my child “Zoom school” from home if it turns out that her teacher (or she has indoor contact with someone else at her elementary school) has given the vaccine. not installed. LA Times.
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