Songs of “Let Us In!” Filled the air as parents in the Los Angeles Unified School District protested the district’s mandate to vaccinate students at the Parents Call the Shots rally in Westwood on Sunday.
Parents used a locked door on Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue to symbolize around 20,000 LAUSD students who will be forced to take online classes because they are not vaccinated.
â€œThey are excluded, isolated, separated and humiliated and intimidated for a decision that is not even theirs,â€ said Jennifer Kennedy, a resident of Los Angeles.
These students will be enrolled in the City of Angels program for online learning, which is an “independent study program, there is no live teaching,” said Angeleno Monica Sanders.
â€œEveryone here is afraid for their children, afraid that their children will not go to college,â€ Sanders said. â€œIf you want to get into UCLA or UCSD or whatever, you’ve got to have AP courses. They will cancel this for you and you will not be able to continue in these classes. You cannot take the exams because you are not in school.
However, the LAUSD school board says the mandate is absolutely necessary.
â€œIt is very important that our students are vaccinated because we want to continue to have a safe campus and a safe learning environment for our students,â€ said Frances Baez, local district superintendent of LAUSD. â€œWe know that during distance learning our students haven’t had the best experience, and we want to make sure they continue to learn on campus, in school, and immunization helps us keep our safe school. “
Parents fear that their students will suffer in the e-learning program.
â€œAnd our school board admitted it. They said the City of Angels isn’t up to the task and that was before those 20,000 kids could potentially enter it, so it’s just not fair, â€said Robby King of Los Angeles. “If you’re going to mandate, then have a better alternative for these kids, because the alternative they have right now is just unacceptable.”
Two lawsuits against LAUSD have so far failed to stop the vaccine’s warrant, although a hearing for one of the trials is scheduled for Wednesday to ask a judge to stay the warrant for the time being.
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