UPDATED 7:50 AM PT – Friday, September 17, 2021
The San Diego Unified School District plans to discuss a potential vaccination mandate for staff and eligible students. On Thursday, the district announced it’s preparing to debate instituting a mandate for children ages 12 and up.
Currently, all San Diego Unified staff are required to get vaccinated or tested weekly. Testing is available to all 121,000 students in the district. School board officials said even if a vaccine mandate is passed, however, all other social distancing and testing measures will still be enforced.
“All of these strategies build on each other and so somebody who’s vaccinated still has to wear the mask,” stated Richard Barrera, President of the San Diego Unified Board of Education. “However, somebody who’s vaccinated may need to test less often and that’s a big difference. And somebody who’s vaccinated who is in contact with, you know, somebody who tests positive is able to actually stay at school and not be sent home.”
NEWS: The San Diego Unified Board of Education plans to publicly discuss a potential vaccine mandate for staff and eligible students, in open session at the next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 28.
— San Diego Unified (@sdschools) September 16, 2021
The discussion is slated to take place during an upcoming meeting with the board on September 28. Many parents are outraged by the idea of these policies being implemented with some suggesting they amount to “child abuse.” Despite these concerns, Barrera insisted that his school district will be guided “by the best science available.” Yet, he didn’t quite go into detail about the science he’s leaning on.