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Today we are reviewing efforts to make vaccination mandatory for teachers and students. Image
Teacher Assistant Sofia Geraldo helped the students settle in on the first day of school in Los Angeles. Credit ... Allison Zaucha for Hfrance.fr
Vaccines for staff… and students?
Au in recent months, teachers have been at the center of immunization mandates.
President Biden called last week tells requires vaccines for the school staff , and made vaccines mandatory for federal educators. Nine states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, have already implemented mandatory vaccines.
Mais other states and districts do not seem to be rushing to adopt mandates. A survey of 100 large urban districts found that only a quarter require teacher vaccination . Schools have other mitigation policies in place: 89 require students to wear masks, according to a survey conducted by the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. And 94 offer a remote option for families who are not ready to return to school in person.
Now there are signs that more pressure can be put on students to get vaccinated.
Last week Los Angeles , the second largest district in the country, has announced that it will obligeatoire vaccination for students aged 12 and over who are attend classes in person , in addition to requiring that teachers and staff be vaccinated.
The decision of the Board of Education, which apply to more than 460,000 students, may face legal challenges. Image Kindergarten teachers and students have returned to school in the Bronx. Credit ... Anna Watts for Hfrance.fr
For the 'instant, Los Angeles eis the only major school district to require students to have vaccines. New York City , the largest district in the country, and Chicago , the third , don't require vaccines for students - at least not yet.
Distance learning may help explain LA's decision. Districts must be able to accommodate families who refuse vaccinations. Los Angeles offers independent online study for those who choose not to take the in-person learning this year.
New York and Chicago offer online courses limited only to students with medical conditions.
Although New Y studentsork broadcast in classrooms on Monday , education experts were optimistic. Across town, 71% of people 12 years of age and over are fully vaccinated , although rates vary by neighborhood. The city requires vaccines for all adults who work in school buildings, and has a universal mask mandate in schools.
" I just want everyone to find their happiness ", Simone Shenloogian, a teacherkindergarten in the Bronx, told The Times . "I think we'll create a new normal together.
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Tip: Good water safety practices
As we head into the official last weekend of summer, families across the country will be heading for the swim. (Bring sunscreen!)
Dr. Perri Klass has long written about ways to splash in allsafety and avoid drowning. It is the leading preventable cause of death in children aged 1 to 4, then still among adolescents , especially boys, where it is the second preventable cause of death among 15 to 19 year olds , after car accidents.
Some advice, from his full article in 2018 :
If your child is not a competent swimmer, stay with him at arm's length.
Instead of inflatable floats, try life jackets.
Pool gates and fences are essential for the safety of young children.
Swimming lessons are a good idea, but they don't mean your child doesn't need a lifeguard.
In June of this year, when she revisited the topic , the advice had hardly changed. A layered approach to water safety is essential to enjoy your last splash of summer.
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