LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations amid staffing shortage

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is in the Los Angeles school district extended its deadline For employees to receive the COVID vaccine from October 15 to November 15.

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why it matters: The nation’s second largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), has struggled to fill thousands of vacancies, including teachers, counselors, and maintenance staff. According to the Los Angeles Times.

  • As of 27 September, one in five employees had not been vaccinated.

description: Employees who have received at least one dose by October 15 will be allowed to continue working until they have received their second shot by November 15.

  • Employees without a record of any vaccination by October 15 will not be “subject to separation from district service” before November 1. They will be paid by 31 October.
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What are they saying: “We don’t want people out of jobs,” Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly told the Times. “Our employees are one of the strongest assets we have.”

  • “We are absolutely adamant about keeping our schools the safest possible environment – ​​and vaccination is clearly the way to keep them safe,” Reilly stressed.

big picture: The district issued its mandate in early August, requiring about 73,000 staff members to receive the vaccine by October 15 or face unpaid leave or termination.

  • The LAUSD is allowing religious or medical exemptions, although it is unclear how many have been issued.
  • the vaccine mandate was Supported by Teachers Association and some other employee unions, although the local 99 of Service Employees International Union, which represents most non-teaching workers and low-wage workers, recently pressured the district to extend the vaccine deadline in contract negotiations. .
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Noteworthy: In September, LAUSD became the first major school district to require vaccines for students.

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