Los Angeles Unified recommends delaying vaccine mandate
Los Angeles Unified is recommending a delay of its vaccine mandate until at least July 2023 to align itself with the state of California, which announced it was pushing back its own statewide vaccine mandate two weeks ago. The school board will vote on the recommendation on May 10.
Students 12 and older would no longer be required to be vaccinated to attend school in person. If the vaccine mandate were to be implemented, students without the vaccine would have had to enroll in one of the district’s six virtual academies opening next year.
“We know that students do best when learning in the classroom with their peers,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said in a press release. “Due to the high vaccination rates among students 12 and older, low transmission rates in our schools and our nation-leading safety measures, we have preserved in-person learning in the safest possible environment.”
The California Department of Public Health announced its decision to push back the mandate earlier this month as the state waits for the Food and Drug Administration to fully approve the vaccine for all ages. The FDA has currently only approved the vaccines among children for emergency use.
Employees across schools in the district will continue to be required to be vaccinated.