LAUSD Chief Offers Up Schools as Vaccination Sites
Over 1,000 L.A. Unified schools are sitting empty due to the pandemic. Now, Superintendent Austin Beutner is calling on the state to turn them into vaccination centers that prioritize teachers and education staff.
Beutner asked in a Monday letter to California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly and Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer to immediately authorize his school system — the second largest in the U.S. — to vaccinate its teachers and school staff.
"This will not only protect the health and safety of our essential employees but will provide enormous benefit to children and their families, leading to a faster reopening of schools and of the economy more broadly by enabling the working families we serve to go back to work," Beutner said in the letter.
Although Beutner wants to see educators prioritized, he has said LAUSD schools could also act as vaccination sites for seniors, health professionals, and other groups.