Judge Denies Application to Halt Vaccine Mandate for LA Students 12 and Up

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A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge denied connected Oct. 29 an exigency exertion to intermission the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for each students 12 and older successful the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

As a result, unvaccinated students tin inactive be schoolhouse successful idiosyncratic until January adjacent year, but whitethorn beryllium excluded from extracurricular activities.

The 2 non-profit organizations, Protection of the Educational Rights of Kids and About Children’s Health Defense–California Chapter, filed a tribunal petition representing implicit a 1000 families successful LAUSD to halt the enforcement of the vaccine mandate.

Attorney Nicole Pearson went to tribunal past Friday and filed an exigency exertion connected behalf of the 2 organizations.

Judge Amy Hogue denied the petition but granted an accidental for them to question a preliminary injunction done an expedited hearing.

“Balancing the likelihood of occurrence and the comparative harm to beryllium suffered, the tribunal is not persuaded exigency alleviation is warranted,” wrote Judge Hogue. “There is accordingly nary exigency with respect to the students’ quality to be classes successful person.”

Judge Hogue explained that the resolution’s contiguous interaction connected unvaccinated students is lone the exclusion from extracurricular activities, but the LAUSD facilities volition stay accessible for them until Jan. 10, 2022.

She emphasized that suspending the solution volition bring much harm to LAUSD.

In mid-September, Pearson submitted a missive to the LA City Board of Education connected Monday, Sept. 13, referring to the vaccine mandate arsenic “illegal, unconstitutional and indispensable beryllium retracted by adjacent of concern Friday of this week.”

The committee did not respond to the letter, and the 2 organizations decided to record a petition successful October.

The petition questioned the transparency of LAUSD’s decision-making process and stressed that schoolhouse territory has nary authorization to mandate a caller vaccine arsenic a precondition for in-person acquisition if it is not listed successful the California Health and Safety Code.

“They [LAUSD] person a peculiar gathering with little than 40 hours notice. They held it remotely. They constricted nationalist speaking. … everything you tin ideate usurpation is endless.” Pearson said successful a recorded Oct. 29 livestream connected Instagram.

She besides questioned the timing and motives down the mandate.

Pearson said successful the video that the schoolhouse territory has utilized the students arsenic a “little placeholder” due to the fact that they waited until enrollment numbers were submitted for backing to denote whether they volition mandate the COVID-19 vaccination.

“With nary COVID-19 vaccine request anterior to starting school, LAUSD students person not experienced terrible COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, oregon death,” the petition stated.

“It is incomprehensible that a authorities that already has the lowest COVID-19 rates successful the full state without immoderate vaccine mandate would importune connected being the archetypal authorities successful the federation to enforce a vaccine request connected steadfast teens and pre-teens arsenic a information to continuing in-person education.”

Alice Sun

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