Pali High School Board to Decide on Vaccine Mandate

Proposal to be taken up during October 12 Board meeting

By Dolores Quintana

The Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees will soon decide whether or not to follow the lead of the Los Angeles United School District in mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all students who attend classes on school grounds. 

During the September 21 regular school board meeting, the Board was to hold discussions and a vote on the matter of a vaccine mandate as reported by the Palisades Post.

LAUSD unanimously mandated the vaccine for in-person learning because of the current Delta variant surge that has led to infections among children and school staff. However, Palisades Charter High is not bound to LAUSD decisions as a charter school even though the school is located on LAUSD property. 

Palisades High sent out a newsletter to parents to inform them of the school’s commitment to the health of everyone who attends or works at the school, “The PCHS Board and school leadership understand this is an important topic for our school community, and are committed to making decisions that are the most appropriate for the health and safety of PCHS students and staff” reads the email/ 

The meeting on September 21 opened with public comments. A pro-vaccine attendee said, “Your kids are required to get 17 shots to go to elementary school, that is not debatable,” a Pali High senior said. “That’s just something that is true … Think about the fact that the school is responsible for our safety. For my safety, I would not want to go to school with your kids if they weren’t vaccinated … I would not want to be in a classroom within five inches of a person that is unvaccinated against the virus that I can contract and give to my mother who has breast cancer or to my grandma who is 95 … if you disagree with that, you have a Zoom option,” as quoted by Palisades Post. 

Another attendee said, “I am not anti-vax, I am anti-mandate. I believe that the choice of whether to inject the COVID vaccine to your body or your child’s body should be left to the individual, not to a committee,” an attendee said. “Will you, members of the board, take responsibility if a child has an adverse reaction to the vaccine? If the answer to that question is no, then the board should not issue a mandate.” 

The current LAUSD mandate requires that students, over the age of 12, who are part of after school activities and programs must be fully vaccinated by October 31 and have their first dose by October 3. Any students who are not part of those activities or programs are required to receive a first dose by November 21 and the second dose by December 19. Any other children who have not reached the age of 12 must be vaccinated within 30 days of their 12th birthday. While Palisades High School is not obligated to follow this rule, any charter school that is a co-located facility is subject to the mandate. 

No decision was reached by the Palisades Charter High School Board of Trustees at the September 21 meeting since the proposal was tabled and the subject will be readdressed at the next Board meeting on October 12.

Related Posts

Tommy Kitahata of Palisades Station 69 Named LAFD’s 2020 Firefighter of the Year

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Longtimer firefighters named ​​  Los Angeles Firefighters Association’s 2020 “Firefighter of the Year” By Staff Writer Captain II Tommy Kitahata...

Netflix Taking Over Palisades Village’s Bay Theater

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

October 22 screening set to kick off reopening By Sam Catanzaro  Netflix is taking over the Bay Theater in Pacific...

Fire Captain II Tommy Kitahata of Station 69 Awarded Firefighter Of The Year: Palisades Today – October 18, 2021

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Dog Park Updates From Parks and Recreation Task Force * Fire...

Palisades Design Review Board Denies Proposed Business Opening

October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

New location for The Hydration Room denied By Dolores Quintana A proposal submitted to the Palisades Design Review Board to...

Palisades RV Fire Under Investigation

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

No injuries reported in two separate incidents By Dolores Quintana Two RVs caught fire recently in Venice and Pacific Palisades. ...

Santa Ana Wind Event Prompts Red Flag Warning

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Santa Ana wind event expected through Saturday evening By Sam Catanzaro Peak wind gusts upwards of 45 mph and temperatures...

LA City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas Charged With Bribery and Fraud

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Politician allegedly sought benefits for close Relative in exchange for support of contracts benefiting USC By Sam Catanzaro LA City...

Five Months Into Opening, Jonah’s Kitchen Is on Fire With Casual, ‘Made From Scratch’ Dishes

October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

By Susan Payne  Having a seat inside of Jonah’s Kitchen, an elevated, yet fast casual restaurant in Santa Monica, is...

Free Walk Up Flu Shot Clinic in Pacific Palisades This Weekend

October 13, 2021

October 13, 2021

A free drive thru and walk up flu shot clinic is coming to the Pacific Palisades this weekend. The event...

An Interview with Zach Rash, CEO of Coco Food Robotic Delivery

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Coco Delivery, is a completely contactless food delivery service that uses human piloted robots to deliver meals from the restaurant...

Palisades Lutheran Church To Host First Annual Oktoberfest 5k Charity Run: Palisades Today – October 11, 2021

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Palisades-Malibu YMCA Pumpkin Patch Has Returned * Palisades Lutheran Church To...

U.S Secretary of Veterans Affairs Visits Veterans Encampment Outside VA

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

On Wednesday, the Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs and Mark Takano visited the veterans homeless encampment along san vicente blvd....

Mid-Century Apartments Sell for Over $50 Million

October 9, 2021

October 9, 2021

Westside Real Estate Scene October 11, 2021 By Dolores Quintana As reported by the Santa Monica Lookout, a mid-century apartment...

LA City Council Exploring Funding Rental Subsidies for 10,000 Homeless Individuals

October 9, 2021

October 9, 2021

Creation of “Housing Now” Program approved by lawmakers last month By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles City Council recently approved the...