State Senator, LAUSD, SDUSD Announce State School Legislation – NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District leaders met with State Senator Dr. Richard Pan to announce state legislation requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend face-to-face classes.

The new legislation proposed by Senator Pan would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations California students must receive to attend K-12 schools, with a goal of keeping schools safely open during the pandemic .

“This law, if passed, would come into effect on January 1, 2023,” Pan said. Asked whether the bill’s entry into force is conditional on full FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccines for school-age children, Pan said, “Currently, the bill is silent on the issue.”

The announcement comes amid an ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant of the virus, which has forced some SoCal schools to return to distance learning.

Pan, the Democratic State Senator representing Sacramento, is a pediatrician and chair of the Senate Health Committee.

He is expected to be joined at the announcement by other school and state officials, including Los Angeles Unified Board President Kelly Gonez, Los Angeles Unified Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly, and San Diego Unified Board member Richard Barrera , and Robert E., President of the California Medical Association Wailes, MD

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