A loudly-touted plan by Los Angeles government schools to require children to be vaccinated was been quietly withdrawn after bureaucrats realized as many as 30,000 students would not comply.
“In September, the nation’s second-largest school district imposed strict vaccine requirements on children 12 and older, with almost no exemptions,” POLITICO reports. “Los Angeles Unified was supposed to show other school districts how to roll out an expansive Covid-19 vaccine mandate for students.”
Under the rule, all students 12 and older would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 10 in order to attend in-person classes. Unvaccinated students would have to attend classes online.
“Los Angeles students who are old enough would have needed the first of a two-dose vaccine in late November and a second shot by late December to be fully vaccinated by the start of the second semester,” USA Today reports.
But they ran into a problem. Mass resistance to the vaccine mandate on children, especially in black and Latino families.
“Only 60 percent of Black Los Angeles County residents 12 and up have gotten at least one dose. The vaccination rate among the county’s Latino residents 12 and up is 68 percent. The mandate requirement would have disproportionately moved students of color off campus,” POLITICO reports.
Realizing they would have to move as many as 30,000 students to online-only learning, and they would be disproportionately black and Latino, Los Angeles Unified backed down, delaying the mandate until 2022.
As many as 40,000 LA students had already either dropped out of schools or disappeared during the pandemic, Elmer Roldan, executive director of Communities in Schools of Los Angeles, a nonprofit aimed at preventing students from dropping out of school, tells USA Today.