Even as America’s overall COVID-19 death toll shoots north of 765,000, one population subcategory remains comparatively—and remarkably—impervious to the lethal virus: kids.
As of November 17, there had only been 605 U.S. children who died from COVID. This compares with 1,105 deaths in children from COVID among under-18s as of November 17.
According to data compiled by The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD) is set to expel 44,000 students from schools if they fail to comply with the November 21 deadline to get their first vaccine shot. Los Angeles Times.
LAUSD established vaccine requirements for students aged 12 years and older in September. Monday’s announcement by the LAUSD stated that 79% of eligible students have either had their first jab or been scheduled for one. The religious exemption is not available to students, as they aren’t eligible like teachers at LAUSD.
For a second chance, the hard deadline is December 19, which comes three weeks before new school semester starts. Any student who doesn’t follow the instructions will be placed in a distant, autonomous study program called City of Angels. L.A. Times) “has been beset by staffing shortages and instability. Parents of students with special needs have been particularly upset at the limitations of the program—and many students waited weeks before being able to receive any meaningful instruction.” City of Angels currently serves 16,000 students and could grow to three times its current size.
It was well documented that remote learning was an educational disaster. The practice of imposing it on most California schoolkids between March 2020 and August 2021 is a result of California’s famously warm climate. Emily Oster (Brown University economist) found in a November 14 NBER working paper that the Pandemic and Test Scores had impacted on California schoolchildren. Oster’s words) “Bottom line: losses are big, and much bigger with less in-person school.”
However, several California schools districts are preparing to send their students back to school for remote learning disorder. Piedmont had a November 17 deadline for vax; Culver city’s was November 19. San Diego’s students 16 years and older have until December 20. Oakland children hear the vax bell sounding January 1. West Contra Costa follows suit on January 3. At least, Hayward and Sacramento will let unvaccinated students test their ability to stay in class.
All of these mandates were passed after the start of the school year. California will soon have a mandate to vaccinate students for the 2022/23 academic year. Students in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Diego have filed lawsuits against the mandates. During this time there has been at most two student protest days.
Like the 2020-21 closures of in-person education, vaccine mandates are likely to hit minority and poor students the hardest. The paradox continues: the most powerful polities, bureaucracies, and politicians are likely to pursue policies in the name “equity”, which disproportionately harm those they claim to be protecting.
You can find the following: L.A. Times put it last month in a thorough analysis of the pandemic’s effects on schools, there has been a “particularly alarming…impact on L.A. students, [with]Deep drops in assessments scores and below-grade level standings in critical areas of learning are two examples. Particularly hard-hit are children of color, Latinos and vulnerable groups.
California Public School Teachers and Staff are required to be immunized. However, unvaccinated students have shown stubborn resistance to COVID-19 even at the Delta strain. The LAUSD weekly testing program of all staff members and students continues to demonstrate a microscopic positive rate. This raises an obvious question: Who exactly is being protected with mandatory student vaccinations for?
It is possible that the children themselves are not able to deal with the risk and fully understand the potential damage to remote learning. Unvaccinated children living in the home more than COVID-free schools is a greater danger. If it’s the entire community, or the society at large, that is a tacit acknowledgment that we are punishing students who don’t comply with the law (as opposed, for example, members of stronger public sector unions). can.
California’s mandates for students are increasing the rate of vaccination. It is not much so far, but it will rise as the deadlines for staying-or-go are near. According to the Mayo Clinic, LAUSD’s vax-or exemption rate of 79 percent compares with a 75 percent overall state vaccination rate. This ranks LAUSD eighth, behind Maryland and Virginia. The national rate for 12-17-year-olds is 60%. Which state is the most effective in vaccinating children aged 18 to 64? Eighth place is also achieved between Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Ohio at 88 per cent.
This is why the heavy-handed requirements are producing marginal rate gains at the expense of the education of thousands upon thousands of minority and comparatively poor students. California’s ruling political class has a response. We can save one life.….
Governor: “Your kids can get 10 additional vaccinations for whooping cough, measles and rubella.” Gavin Newsom (D), who was just coming off a sweeping victory against recall efforts centered around strict pandemic policy, said this earlier this month. “I find it rather just extraordinary and fascinating some of these politicians out there that are just outraged that somehow their freedom has been impacted yet they’re doing nothing about the previous mandates that they are accountable for….The politics around this are disturbing to me. Life is literally at stake.