7 Teachers, Employees Terminated for Rejecting COVID-19 Vaccine

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Empty Hollywood High hallway successful  Los Angeles, connected  Sept. 8, 2020. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Empty Hollywood High hallway successful Los Angeles, connected Sept. 8, 2020. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES—Seven employees astatine Granada Hills Charter School (GHC) were terminated this week for not pursuing the district’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Iris Arnold is 1 of the 7 employees who mislaid her occupation for not being vaccinated for COVID-19. Arnold worked arsenic a precocious schoolhouse Social Science teacher and has been a subordinate of the Granada Hills Charter since 2006.

“I thatch students the value of the United States Constitution, and the state and rights it preserves. … I ne'er expected the GHC Governing Board to coerce maine into taking the Covid vaccination arsenic a information of employment,” Arnold wrote successful a statement.

Arnold said she would acquisition regular testing; however, the schoolhouse does not supply alternate options for the vaccine request specified arsenic regular testing.

“My requests were spiritual … sincerely held belief-based and aesculapian based. Then, I besides person a past of cancer,” Sarah Olczak, a erstwhile pupil counsellor astatine GHC who was precocious terminated, told CBSLA

Olczak worked for GHC for 13 years. She requested a spiritual exemption but was yet denied.

GHC confirmed successful a statement its committee of directors terminated its unvaccinated employees. 

“GHC indispensable besides comply with [Los Angeles Unified School District’s] vaccine mandate that each charter schoolhouse employees beryllium afloat vaccinated,” GHC said successful a statement.

Moreover, GHC has explained that retired of a full of 550 unit implicit 98 percent of GHC employees person completed the vaccine requirement.

The schoolhouse emphasized the enactment to terminate these employees is indispensable to support its students, employees, and the surrounding assemblage from being negatively impacted by the pandemic.

“GHC’s actions successful this respect were guided archetypal and foremost by what is lawful and successful the champion interests of preserving the wellness and information of its students, employees, and the surrounding community,” according to a connection released by GHC.

In summation to the worker vaccine mandate, GHC Governing Board besides began requiring each age-eligible students to beryllium afloat vaccinated earlier this period to entree in-person learning and activities connected campus.

Students oregon employees with definite aesculapian conditions tin beryllium exempted from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the GHC does not let spiritual oregon idiosyncratic content exemptions.

Alice Sun

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