The Los Angeles Unified School District voted in September to require students 12 years old and older to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Jan. 10 or be forced to into remote learning and barred from coming to school campus. The policy has now been changed after it was revealed that more than 30,000 students remain unvaccinated one week ahead of the deadline.
The school district has now pushed its deadline out until the fall semester.
“Many worried about its ability to accommodate tens of thousands of new students at the start of the next semester and the disruption it would cause for staff and children,” the USA Today reported.
The news also comes as an increasing number of reports have cited the harmful concerns related to long-term remote study for children. Even the Biden administration has stressed keeping schools in session to help alleviate the mental health toll and other problems associated with shutting down schools.
The change will also have an impact on other school systems across the nation considering whether to implement a vaccine mandate for students. California has introduced the most severe mandates in the nation, yet has continued to also lead the nation in the number of positive COVID-19 cases per capita.
In contrast, states with fewer or no restrictions have continued to see lower numbers, though positive cases have increased nationwide in all states following the spread of the Omicron variant.
Some California school districts have already stated that they will not enforce the state’s vaccine mandates for children that are to be implemented by the next school year. Though the schools are not officially opposed to vaccines, there is a growing concern for parental choice when it comes to child vaccines rather than enforcing mandates.
Yet even widespread vaccinations have not been enough for some parts of the country. A growing number of universities have decided to implement remote learning through the month of January in order to help lower case numbers. This includes universities that have required vaccination for on-campus students, including some that will now require a third booster shot for in-person attendance in the spring.
Regardless of views about vaccines and the virus, one thing is clear: The Biden administration did not shut down the virus. Instead, a year later the government has no answers, despite a growing list of restrictions and mandates.
Just last week, President Joe Biden told the nation’s governors that there is no federal solution to the coronavirus. Yet he continues attempts to expand federal mandates for vaccines, a contradictory stance that has led to lawsuits and the loss of jobs among thousands of American workers.
The government disaster has led to worker shortages, a weakened military, airline cancellations, teacher shortages, skyrocketing inflation, a supply chain crisis and numerous other problems that are not due to the virus, but how the left has turned the pandemic into a political circus.
It’s hard to believe Biden has not even finished a full year in office, and we’re already paying more in nearly every area of life than many were concerned would take place in four years under the left.
It’s time to do more than delay a mandate. We need some answers from the government that include less intrusion rather than more.