Ensuring Health & Safety for Students & Staff

Information on the LAUSD Vaccination Requirement

As essential workers, we know there is an urgent need to ensure the highest levels of safety for students and staff in our schools.

Our Black and Brown communities have been especially ravaged by COVID-19 with the highest rates of infection and death. 

As education workers, we know students learn best when they are on campus . We must do everything possible to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff. 

That is why we support and encourage vaccination for our entire school community. The vaccine has proven to be the most powerful protection against COVID-19 and the pathway to safely and fully re-opening our schools – and keeping them open.

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Our SEIU Local 99 Bargaining Team is currently in discussions with LAUSD over how the district’s vaccine requirement will be implemented, including timelines, reasonable accommodations and exemptions. To help inform our discussions, please complete the survey below.

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What is SEIU Local 99’s Agreement on the deadline for vaccination?

Read more about our agreement here. 

Can I lose my job if I don’t get the vaccine

LAUSD has established the vaccine requirement as a condition of employment in order to protect public safety. The district’s requirement aligns with other local, state and federal orders requiring vaccinations. SEIU Local 99 will work to ensure that a fair process is followed in the enforcement of this order. However, it is important to keep in mind that the vaccine is a health and safety requirement for work and not complying with this requirement could result in the loss of your job.

What if I don’t feel safe getting the vaccine?

The CDC, local public health agencies and medical professionals all attest to the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Public health agencies also report that the highest rates of infection are currently among the unvaccinated. If you have any concerns, you should consult with your doctor to determine the risks and benefits of the vaccine based on your health history. 

Does LAUSD have the right to mandate the vaccine? 

As an employer, the district has the right to issue policies and work requirements. However, as SEIU Local 99 members, we have the right to negotiate over how these policies and decisions will impact us. We have a voice in how the vaccine mandate will be implemented and enforced, including timelines, the process for exemptions, reasonable accommodations and any disciplinary actions. Our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team is meeting with the district on these issues.

Can LAUSD have a vaccine mandate that is stricter than the state order?

The CA Dept of Public Health issued an order that requires all K-12 district workers in the state to either be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. This policy was already in place at LAUSD even before the state issued its order. The state order establishes a minimum standard of compliance for all school districts in CA. School districts can adopt stronger rules to ensure public health and safety. As the largest school district in the state, LAUSD faces unique challenges and has adopted a stricter mandate.

If I am fully vaccinated, do I have to continue to take a weekly COVID-19 test? 

Yes. To ensure the ongoing health and safety of students and staff, especially with the Delta variant continuing to persist, weekly COVID-19 testing will continue for everyone working at the district.

What is the process to file for an exemption based on medical or religious reasons?

LAUSD has issued a process to file for an exemption from the vaccine requirement and seek reasonable accommodations as outlined in this district memo. Our bargaining team is meeting with the district to ensure that workers’ rights are followed throughout the process. Keep in mind that the exemption process is also connected to the availability of reasonable accommodations for the work you do.

What happens if the district denies my request for an exemption/reasonable accommodations?

You should notify SEIU Local 99 by completing this inquiry form.  Our union will work to ensure that proper procedures have been followed and workers’ rights have been respected in all decisions regarding exemptions and reasonable accommodations. Be aware that the vaccine is a work requirement and that if reasonable accommodations cannot be made for your job, you may have to take an unpaid leave and that not complying with this work requirement could result in the loss of your job.

What are the safety protocols that LAUSD is required to follow?

Our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team negotiated an agreement with the district for the safe return to in-person instruction. Our Labor Management Committees also discussed safety policies with the district. These agreements included protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff. Below is a summary of some of the most common concerns and the district’s responsibilities. If these protocols and protections are not being followed, document it and report it using the SEIU Local 99 inquiry form.

  • Personal Protective Equipment: The District must provide all necessary and appropriate PPE, including face coverings, soap, towels and hand sanitizer.
  • Social Distancing: LAUSD is following the recommendations of the L.A. County Department of Public Health which currently state that “physical distancing strategies are recommended as long as they do not interfere with full-time attendance for all students.”
  • Face Masks: Everyone working indoors or driving/riding a school bus must wear a face mask. This includes special needs students, unless they have an IEP prohibiting them from wearing a mask for medical reasons, at which time they may use drape coverings or other methods to cover their nose and mouth. Furthermore, staff working with them will be provided with additional PPE.
  • Outbreaks: An outbreak occurs when three or more cases are transmitted at school over 14 days.
  • Paid sick time due to COVID exposure/vaccine reaction: Workers who must quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure will be paid without using their regular sick days, vacation time or other benefited leave. Also, if LAUSD requires workers to quarantine, you will be paid without using your regular leave time.  You have ten work days (plus weekend days if part of employees’ work week) for total of 14 quarantine days. If you have an adverse reaction to the vaccine, you have up to three days of paid time off. In all cases, if you need additional time-off, you should notify SEIU Local and it will be addressed on an individual basis.
  • COVID-19 test results: Employees no longer have to wait for test results before returning to work, unless they are informed to do so by health care personnel.
  • Positive Cases – If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they must remain at home or go home immediately if they are at work and isolate for at least ten days. Notify your supervisor who will put you in contact with the Community Engagement Team. View district’s memo.
  • Close contacts with infected persons:  When someone tests positive for COVID-19, a Community Engagement agent will interview them to identify any close contacts they have had with others in the district. If the infected person is a student, a parent will be contacted. A “close contact” is a person who was within six feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. Close contacts must be notified by the Community Engagement Team. View district memo.
  • Quarantine:  Vaccinated students and employees who are close contacts do not need to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. They must monitor for symptoms for 14 days. They will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19. Unvaccinated staff should test for COVID-19, but are required to complete a full 10 day quarantine. They should continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14. This is in accordance with Cal/OSHA guidelines. Employees and students must be cleared by Community Engagement before returning to school/work location. View district memo.

What will trigger a school closure?

Only the Superintendent and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health can authorize the full or partial closure of a school or worksite. When positive cases are epi-linked, meaning that at least two infected individuals were both present at some point in the same setting during the same time period, the LACDPH will work with the Superintendent to determine if closure is necessary or required.

What if safety protocols are not being followed at my school or worksite? 

If safety protocols are not being followed, you should immediately report any incident/safety violation by completing this form.

The vaccine has proven to be the most powerful defense against COVID-19 and the pathway to safely and fully re-opening our schools – and keeping them open. There are multiple locations where you can get a free vaccine. Our agreements with the district ensure that you can take up to three hours (per dose) during your work day to get vaccinated. Your pay will not be affected. Notify your supervisor at least one day ahead of your scheduled appointment.  See where vaccinations are being offered and schedule a time to go.

LAUSD: Schedule an appointment with LAUSD or check-out the district’s schedule of mobile vaccination units where no appointment is necessary.

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LAUSD Walk-in Vaccination Sites and Help Uploading Vaccination Proof

You can still get vaccinated this weekend to ensure you can report to work on Monday, October 18. Six LAUSD Local District offices will have “walk-in” clinics open on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Tech support will also be available to help with uploading vaccination proof into Daily Pass.

LD Central – 2328 St. James Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90007 / Vaccines: J&J, Pfizer

LD East – 2151 N. Soto St., Los Angeles, CA 90032 / Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer

LDNE – 8401 Arleta Ave., Sun Valley, CA 91352 / Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer

LDNW – 6621 Balboa Blvd., Lake Balboa, CA 91406 / Vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer

LD South – 1208 Magnolia Ave., Gardena, CA 90247 / Vaccines: J&J, Moderna, Pfizer

LD West – 11380 W. Graham Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90064 / Vaccines: J&J, Moderna, Pfizer

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