UTLA Scraps Demand for Student Vaccinations
United Teachers Los Angeles has rescinded its demands for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for eligible students. That item was crossed out on the union’s recent counter-proposal to the district.
As the Los Angeles Times notes, “the move appears to be more about bargaining strategy rather than a lack of support for the move.” UTLA is instead pushing for stricter coronavirus quarantine rules for students and staff. LA County schools already follow some of the strictest quarantine guidelines in the state.
“The union wants to expand quarantines to apply to everyone, including fully vaccinated employees and students if they are close contacts with an infected person. A close contact is someone within six feet for 15 or more minutes over a 24-hour period.”
Vaccinated individuals would have to quarantine for at least 7 days and unvaccinated persons would have to quarantine for up to 10 days.