Culver City Unified Superintendent of Schools, Quoc Tran, has issued a mandate requiring that all students who qualify – those 12 and older – be vaccinated for COVID-19. Tran was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying the student vaccine mandate was issued after safety protocol discussions with the school board, teacher and employee unions and parents, who agreed that the requirement would help protect their schools as much as possible.
While many districts, including LAUSD, are requiring that teachers and staff be vaccinated, CCUSD is the first to extend that protection to students.
With classes beginning today, August, 19, 2021, the district is giving families 90 days to complete the vaccination requirements by November 19th.
While it is expected the vaccine will have received full FDA approval by then, the district has already been granted status as a distribution point with vaccines being given to staff, students and families since last Spring.
The city of Culver City has had great success with vaccinations, with the Los Angeles County Public Health Dept. showing residents of the city as 85% vaccinated.
“We felt that doing the minimum is not quite good enough. We could do more,” Tran said, “We are in the context of constantly crowded places in school settings. The vaccine helps in case our children or staff members contract the virus. They have a lesser chance to be severely impacted.”