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Los Angeles Teachers Union Calls For Mandatory Student COVID Vaccinations

LAUSD would become second school district in state to have mandatory student COVID-19 vaccinations

By Evan Symon, August 31, 2021 3:43 pm

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the teachers union of Los Angeles City Schools, announced Monday they are demanding that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) implement mandatory vaccinations for all students who are eligible to receive it.

The mandate, as well other demands, were a part of a proposal by the union called “counterproposal #2” to the school district. (Document below)

According to the proposal, UTLA wants students to receive full vaccination by all students no less than 12 weeks following their 12th birthday in which they become eligible. Only students with medical or religious exemptions would be allowed to stay in class without receiving a vaccine.

In addition, if one person, staff or student, in any Kindergarten through sixth grade class tests positive for the virus, the entire class would be quarantined.

“This is a prudent and necessary safety measure in view of the recent number of positive tests at several schools, the outbreak reported at Grant Elementary, and the fact that students under 12 can’t be vaccinated yet,” the UTLA said in an email. They also specifically noted that the student mandate would helps schools come better in line with the current teacher/staff-only mandate that was passed earlier this month.

Currently, UTLA and the LAUSD are locked in negotiations over what new COVID-19 safety and quarantine measures should be applied district wide. Currently, bother sides are still deciding whether cameras should be installed to allow students with COVID to attend via Zoom. Due to the surge of the Delta variant, more students have had to stay at home, with the district rethinking what scale Zoom classes should be implemented.

Possible mandatory vaccinations for LA students 12 and up

Currently, teachers still teach classes using Zoom when an entire class is in COVID-19 isolation. In mixed at-home, in-class classes a teacher still needs to provide online instruction, even if the teacher is also quarantined.

“Students and families need clear expectations and support for learning at home while they’re asked to isolate or quarantine,” explained LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly in a statement. “This plan serves as an interim guide for educators and supporting students during this difficult and unique time.”

However, the Delta variant surge, the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, and the bordering Culver City school district implementing mandatory vaccinations for students and staff less than two weeks ago helped push the union to ask for a more far-reaching mandatory student vaccination demand.

“Push comes to shove here,” said “Alice” a LAUSD teacher on Tuesday to the Globe. “We’re seeing a lot of students testing positive and having to stay home. Other kids are literally giving them COVID. It’s not worth the risk. They need to be vaccinated like everyone else if we even have a shot at reigning this in.”

Parents and students had a more mixed reaction to the mandatory vaccination demand on Tuesday.

“This is not right,” explained Heather Connors, a school parent group leader in Los Angeles. “Medical vaccinations are one thing, as those have doctor backed approval and have had a track record for decades. There’s some anti-vaxxer parents I’ve met in several schools, but generally vaccines are still accepted.”

“What is turning us off to this one is that this is the school telling us to. A union telling us to. Not a doctor or medical association. But a school. Right now it’s only proposed, and to be fair, many school aged kids between 12 and 18 have already been vaccinated. But that doesn’t seem to be enough. They want to force our kids to do this. It just isn’t right. People who aren’t parents don’t understand.”

Negotiations are expected to continue this week. It is currently unknown if the new vaccine mandate proposal will passed.

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11 thoughts on “Los Angeles Teachers Union Calls For Mandatory Student COVID Vaccinations

  1. In this recall, voters have choices. One candidate lived and went to school there; Lary Elder. Another candidate taught there; Kevin Kiley. Both candidates have said that they will make it a priority to clean up the LAUSD and make it responsive to the community.

    1. Excellent commentary Raymond.
      As we are witnessing today,elections have consequences.
      We need true representation. not politicians and government agencies beholden to special interests, especially self serving teacher unions.

  2. When unions become this corrupt then they are not unions. Freedom is never negotiable in a free society.

  3. ???? What no demands for defund the Police? No demands for gun control? No demands for CRT? UTLA can shove it up, WAY UP where the sun does not shine!

  4. Reiner Fuellmich “stopworldcontrol.com” is working with many lawyers and doctors for a Nuremberg 2.0
    There are 330 mil people in the US, the military is estimating in 3 years by 2025, a population of 100 mil
    There are protocols to detox for both vaxxed and unvaxxed (dr zelenko) to remove graphene oxide from the body, and explosion of spike proteins. Research and educate.

    1. Marilyn Midura, can you provide a link to the information you cited? All I can find are “the vaccine is wonderful” articles.

  5. There have always been problems associated with vaccines, going back to the earliest ones. There were documented cases of adverse effects related to the original Salk and Sabine polio vaccines for example (https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/what-polio-vaccines-can-teach-us-about-covid-ones?utm_campaign=&utm_content=Zerohedge%3A+The+Durden+Dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zh_newsletter). The mainstream media has taken up the pro-vaccine crusade while virtually ignoring natural immunity and therapeutics. An Ohio judge just ordered a hospital to treat a patient with ivermectin in response to a lawsuit by the patient’s spouse. The politicization on both sides of the vaccine issue has gone too far.

  6. This is a teachers’ union and not the LAUSD school district itself. Individual school systems cannot unilaterally mandate new vaccines on students. There is a mandatory childhood vaccination list for in-person education in Cal. Health and Safety Code 120335 and CV-19 vaccines are not on it. CV-19 vaccines can only be added to this list by the CDPH or the state legislature under 12035a(11), and so far, neither has not done so. Even if the CDPH mandates for all schools, Cal Health and Safety Code 12038 allows for personal belief exemptions — not just medical or religious. Parents are being misled and misinformed. They have a right to refuse based on their personal beliefs.

    1. I’m sure that you are right, @Rita. However, since the governor has declared CV-19 a “public health emergency”, doesn’t this allow CDPH to circumvent/cancel (in theory “temporarily”) the Cal Health and Safety Code 12038? If the “emergency” is rescinded, I believe we are back to where you are. I worked in the LAUSD as an instructor once. I think it’s difficult to separate the teachers’ union from decisions made by the LAUSD administration.

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