SCUSD cannot impose COVID-19 vaccine mandate on students
SCUSD cannot impose COVID-19 vaccine mandate on students

SCUSD cannot impose COVID-19 vaccine mandate on students

The Sacramento City Unified School District announced Saturday that it does not have the resources to impose its impending COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which was due to take effect in just a few days. An email to parents from the district received by KCRA 3 says personal learning will continue “until further notice” after the district said it did not have enough resources to fulfill its mandate. It comes three weeks after the district has already pushed their deadline back to February 28, after only about half of its students reported their vaccine status. The initial deadline, which required student vaccinations or weekly tests, was January 31st. | VIDEO ABOVE | Earlier coverage when the Sacramento City Unified School District pushed the COVID-19 vaccine deadline one month back. If not complied with, the district planned to move students to an independent study program at home. But as of Saturday, 3,080 students in the district have not yet reported their status, meaning those students would have been relocated to homeschooling by the end of this month. The district said in the email, “it is clear that SCUSD does not have the capacity of our independent study program for a significant increase in enrollment”, and because of that, personal learning will continue until further notice. Meanwhile, all SCUSD employees are still required to report their vaccination status, request dispensation or accept weekly COVID-19 testing, the email reads. The district said that any staff who do not meet the COVID-19 requirement within the deadline will be put on unpaid leave. “” Said the district. This while the district announced plans to bring study trips, extracurriculars, group trips and more back as early as Tuesday. The district said their goal is “to improve COVID-19 safety in our community, protect student health and staff, and keep our schools open for personal learning.” SCUSD is expected to address its inability to fulfill the mandate of a board meeting scheduled for early March. The district did not respond to KCRA 3’s requests for comment. It continues to encourage parents to report their child’s vaccine status or give consent to weekly COVID-19 testing in the meantime.

The Sacramento City Unified School District announced Saturday that it does not have the resources to impose its impending COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which was due to take effect in just a few days.

An email to parents from the district received by KCRA 3 says personal learning will continue “until further notice” after the district said it did not have enough resources to fulfill its mandate.

It comes three weeks later the district has already pushed back their deadline to February 28 after only about half of its students reported their vaccine status. The initial deadline that imposed student vaccinations or weekly tests was January 31st.

| VIDEO ABOVE | Previous coverage when The Sacramento City Unified School District pushed back the COVID-19 vaccine deadline one month

If this was not met, the district planned to move students to an independent study program at home. But as of Saturday, 3,080 students in the district have not yet reported their status, meaning those students would have been relocated to homeschooling by the end of this month.

The district said in the email, “it is clear that SCUSD does not have the capacity of our independent study program for a significant increase in enrollment”, and because of that, personal learning will continue for the time being.

Meanwhile, all SCUSD employees are still required to report their vaccination status, request a waiver or accept weekly COVID-19 testing, the email reads. The district said all staff who do not meet the COVID-19 requirement within the deadline will be put on unpaid leave.

“Our staff is crucial in serving our students and we do not want any staff to end up in this position,” the district said.

This while the district announced plans to bring back study trips, extra courses, group trips and more as early as Tuesday.

The district said their goal is “to improve COVID-19 safety in our community, protect the health of students and staff, and keep our schools open for personal learning.”

SCUSD is expected to address its inability to fulfill its mandate at a board meeting scheduled for early March.

The district did not respond to KCRA 3’s requests for comment.

It continues to encourage parents to report their child’s vaccine status or give consent to weekly COVID-19 testing in the meantime.

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