As of Tuesday, 496 LAUSD employees were terminated but may be eligible to get their jobs back if they chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We care deeply about all of our employees,” Interim Superintendent Megan Reilly said in a statement. “Parting ways with individuals who choose not to be vaccinated is an extremely difficult but necessary decision to ensure the safety of all in our school communities. We wish everyone the best in their future endeavors and encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”
The district, the second largest in the United States, initially set an Oct. 15 deadline for its 73,000 employees to be fully vaccinated. That date was eventually extended to Nov. 15.
As a result, nearly 99% of LAUSD employees chose to get vaccinated, the district said. Students eligible for the vaccine have until Jan. 10, 2022 to be fully vaccinated unless they have a qualified exemption.
About 85% percent of the district’s nearly 630,000 students have complied with the mandate that those 12 and older get vaccinated.
“The science is clear – vaccinations are safe and effective and are an essential part of the multi-layered protection against COVID-19,” an LAUSD statement said.