Chicago and Los Angeles school public school systems announced that staffers must be vaccinated for COVID-19 or face the unemployment line.
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the impact that the virus has on children and their education. (See: “U.S. SCHOOL UPDATE: CONFUSION REIGNS,” and “SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS: DON’T RETURN TO SCHOOL.”
The Los Angeles School District said teachers and staff must be vaccinated by 15 October or face some form of disciplinary action, The Wall Street Journal reported. Megan K. Reilly, the district’s interim superintendent, said that the “science is clear—vaccinations are an essential part of protection against COVID-19.”
The Journal pointed out that the district went further than the guidelines put into place by Governor Gavin Newsom, which call on unvaccinated teachers to be tested weekly for the virus.
“This additional step goes above local and federal health guidelines in order to provide another layer of safety in our schools, especially for our youngest learners,” she said.
Monday marked the start of the academic year in Los Angeles. There are 465,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and 75,000 staffers. The Los Angeles Times reported that the October date was put into place to give its employees a chance to be inoculated before the cut-off date. The report said that all employees in the district must submit to weekly COVID-19 tests whether they’re vaccinated or not.
Cecily Myart-Cruz, the president of the L.A. Unified, said she was strongly behind the measure.
“I am the parent of an LAUSD fifth-grader, and my family has been going through the same uncertainty and anguish as so many other families as we approached the return to school. This Delta variant is unlike anything we have seen so far in this crisis—especially its impact on children—and we all need to step up to do our part to protect the most vulnerable among us,” she said.
The Chicago Public Schools also said Friday that all employees must sign up to get the jabs.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the public school communities “deserve a safe and healthy environment that will allow our students to reach their greatest potential.”
“This new policy enhances the district’s comprehensive reopening plan and ensures students and staff can confidently learn in-person. Taking this step will further our citywide vaccination efforts and build on our progress in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19.”
ABC 7 reported that 78 percent of Chicago employees are fully vaccinated. Both Chicago and Los Angeles districts offered a religious exemption. Public schools in Chicago open on 30 August.
Reuters reported that the number of children hospitalized with the virus in the U.S. hit a record high with just over 1,900. However, as we reported in this Trends Journal, there are an estimated 542 people between the ages of 1 to 17 who have reportedly died of the virus out of a population of 75 million in that age bracket. That means the death rate equals next to nothing… or 0.000723 percent or 1 death for every 138,377 members of that population.
And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website “A study comparing COVID-19 hospitalizations between counties with in-person learning and those without in-person learning found no effect of in-person school reopening on COVID-19 hospitalization rates when baseline county hospitalization rates were low or moderate,” the C.D.C. said.
TREND FORECAST: There will be many families that refuse to give their children the COVID Jab. Thus, “New Millennium” education is a mega-trend we had forecast.
And, as we had forecast at beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak when schools across the globe were shut down, it signaled the onset of a 21st century online learning system, which, back in 1996, Gerald Celente had forecast as “Interactive U” in his bestselling book, “Trends 2000.”
Trends are born, they grow, mature, reach old age, and then die.
“Interactive U” has just been born. The new education system that will replace the current one, which was invented by the Prussians at the onset of the Industrial Revolution, will offer great investment rewards to existing and start-up companies which create the new learning systems and continue to update them.
See our report from last week: “INDIA’S ONLINE-LEARNING AN INVESTMENT WINDFALL, SOLIDIFYING ‘INTERACTIVE U’ FORECAST IN THE TRENDS JOURNAL.”