California district is the first to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine

Culver City USD students and staff have until Nov. 19 to provide proof of vaccination
By: | August 19, 2021
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Dozens of states and districts have mandated vaccines for teachers but Culver City USD in California Thursday became the first in the nation to require student vaccinations.

All eligible students and staff members in the Los Angeles-area district have until Nov. 19 to provide proof of vaccination, Superintendent Quoc Tran announced on social media.

“We will begin gathering vaccine status data immediately,” Tran said.

He did not specify the consequences for staff or students who do not get vaccinated on time.

The district is also requiring universal masking at all schools and will conduct weekly COVID testing, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, Tran said.

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“We have developed plans for continuing instruction for any students who need to quarantine because of a positive COVID test, being a close contact, or because of travel restrictions,” Tran said. “Students who are placed on quarantine status will be offered a short-term independent study option in order to maintain their classwork. Details are coming.”

On Wednesday, officials in Washington state imposed the nation’s strictest vaccine mandate for adults in schools. Teachers, administrators and other schools staff may be fired if they don’t provide proof of vaccination by Oct 18.