Culver City School District Mandating Vaccines for Staff and Eligible Students
August 19, 2021
The Culver City Unified School District announced this week that it is mandating vaccines for all staff and eligible students, possibly becoming the first school district in California to issue such a requirement.
"We will begin gathering vaccine status data immediately," said CCUSD Superintendent Quoc Tran. "The deadline for providing the proof of vaccine is Friday, November 19, to give everyone the opportunity to make their vaccine plans."
Since only children 12 and older are currently eligible for vaccines, the district said it hopes the Food and Drug Administration will approve the vaccines for everyone by the requirement deadline.
Yesterday, CCUSD welcomed back to its schools roughly 7000 students who will follow Covid-19 protocols and health guidelines.
In letter to parents, released on Wednesday, Tran said the school district will also offer weekly testing for students and staff regardless of vaccination status.
"We are working on the best manner of administering these tests and we will communicate that information as soon as possible. Our health service team will continue to provide onsite testing when required due to Covid exposures or symptoms."
Acknowledging that many students are not yet eligible for vaccines, Tran mentioned that masks will be required indoors and outdoors, except at the high school as long as COVID-19 cases remain low.
Tran also said that the district is developing instructional plans for any students who need to quarantine because of a positive COVID test, being a close contact, or because of travel restrictions. "Students who are placed on quarantine status will be offered a short-term independent study option in order to maintain their classwork," he said.
"As we look forward to the start of the 2021-22 school year, we continue to monitor all current COVID protocols and related information to keep our community as safe as possible," he added.