Will Districts Mandate Shots for Students?

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Districts differ on vaccine mandates.

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Today, we are looking at efforts to make vaccinations mandatory for teachers and students.

Over the past few months, teachers have been the focus of the vaccine mandate.

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President Biden last week called on states to require vaccines for school workers, and he made vaccines mandatory for federal teachers. Nine states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, already have vaccine mandates.

But other states and districts are not in a hurry to adopt the mandate. A survey of 100 large urban districts found that only a quarter required teacher vaccinations. Schools have other mitigation policies: 89 students are required to wear masks, according to the survey, conducted by the Center for Reestablishing Public Education at the University of Washington. And 94 offers a remote option for families who aren’t ready for an in-person return to school.

There are now indications that more pressure may be put on students to get vaccinated.

Last week, angelThe district, the country’s second largest, announced that it would make vaccinations mandatory for students 12 years of age and older who are attending class in person, in addition to requiring teachers and staff members to vaccinate.

The Board of Education’s decision, which will eventually apply to more than 460,000 students, could face legal challenges.

For now, Los Angeles It is the only major school district to mandate vaccines for students. New York City, the country’s largest district, and ChicagoThe third largest, vaccines are not mandatory for students – at least not yet.

Distance learning can help explain L.A.’s decision. Districts should be able to accommodate families who refuse vaccination. Los Angeles offers online independent study For those who opt for in-person learning this year.

New York and Chicago are only offering limited online schooling to students with medical issues.

Still, as New York students returned to classes on Monday, education experts were optimistic. Across the city, 71 percent of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated, although rates vary by neighborhood. The city requires vaccines for all adults who work in school buildings, and schools have a universal mask mandate.

“I just want everyone to be happy again,” Simone Shenlogian, a kindergarten teacher in the Bronx, told The Times. “I think we may be creating a new normal together.”


  • a judge blocked Iowa From enforcing its ban on masks mandate. Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said she would appeal, Reuters report.

  • MP in Kentucky Voted last week to end the statewide mask mandate in schools, Associated Press report.

  • Government Mike Devine ohio, a Republican, says he wants to mandate school masking across the state, but he is at the mercy of a state law that allows lawmakers to repeal health orders, The Cincinnati Inquirer reports.

  • NS Michigan The state Senate will consider a series of bills banning masks and vaccine mandates in schools, WXYZ Detroit reports.

  • Nearly half of public schools I Will try pool testing to identify outbreaks, AP report.

  • Since July, nearly half of all COVID clusters North CarolinaK public middle and high schools have been linked to the sport, CNN report.

  • Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University, is launching one of the most comprehensive efforts yet to document the way schools operate during the pandemic.

  • A good read from the Times: Seven teachers told us how they manage distance learning.


  • Harvard announced that it would not invest in fossil fuels, a major victory for the climate change movement.

  • To be journalists often graduate from journalism school With mountains of debt and few career prospects, Wall Street Journal report.

  • first parent to face trial in Operation University Blues According to their lawyers in the initial statements, the college admission scam both were duped into thinking they were making donations.

  • Connecticut After Indigenous activists pushed for a new law that would require schools to teach Native American studies, with an emphasis on local nations, Associated Press report.

  • Pedro Martinez, the current head of the San Antonio Independent School District, will be the next chief executive officer of Chicago public school, Chalkbeat Chicago Report.

  • Government’s Ron DeSantis Florida, a Republican eyeing national office, is eliminating most year-end state assessments, Tampa Bay Times reports. He said the state should replace them with shorter “progress monitoring” tests, which are tailored to individual students.

  • From opinion: “You Can Come Home And There’s No Home,” Sarah DeBacker, A Mom new Orleans Describing parenting said In the era of climate disaster.

  • Another good read: Facebook’s own research has shown that instagram can be harmful to the mental health of adolescent girls, Wall Street Journal report.


As we head toward the last official weekend of summer, families across the country will head to the swimsuits. (Bring sunscreen!)

Dr. Perry Klass has long written about ways to safely splash and prevent drowning. It is the leading preventable cause of death in children 1 to 4 years of age, and then teens again, especially boys, where it is Second most common cause of preventable death in ages 15 to 19, after car accidents.

Some tips from her comprehensive excerpt in 2018:

  • If your child is not a capable swimmer, stay within an arm’s length.

  • Instead of inflatable floaties, try life jackets.

  • Barriers and pool fences are essential to keep young children safe.

  • Swimming lessons are a great idea, but that doesn’t mean your child doesn’t need a lifeguard.

In June of this year, when she revisited the topic, the advice had mostly not changed. A layered approach to water security is essential to enjoying your last splash of summer.

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