September 9, 2021Statement
Statement from United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz:
"Throughout this pandemic, our No. 1 priority as educators has been to keep our students, families, and communities safe, healthy, and thriving. COVID-19 is mutating, being transmitted to our students, and vaccines remain our community's best line of defense to prevent continued spread of disease. Ultimately, we want our schools to stay open, and the best way to ensure that is to have as many people as possible who are in our schools vaccinated.
"UTLA is in full support of the decision by the School Board and Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly to require full COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible students. UTLA made this demand at the bargaining table, publicly called for this action, and take pride in continuing to lead on issues of safety in our schools. We urge the district to continue providing greater access, education, and outreach to facilitate increased vaccination numbers in our school communities.
"Now more than ever, we must work together to keep our schools safer and help protect the most vulnerable among us, including children too young to be vaccinated. Health and safety continue to be top of mind for our entire educational community.
"UTLA is in bargaining with LAUSD on safety proposals that reflect what staff and students have experienced with the full reopening of schools and the need to solidify safety protocols -- including required masking inside and outside of the classroom, continued weekly testing of all students and staff, the highest quality ventilation in every classroom and school buildings, and quarantine protocols that are consistent and transparent -- in recognition of the Delta variant's increased transmissibility and potential for rapid spread."