Pali Parents and Community Members Protest Vaccine Mandate

Jonathan Gelfond

Update: After this video was completed, on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2021, the PCHS Board of Trustees decided to follow LAUSD’s policy of only requiring vaccines to enroll in the 2022-23 school year.

On October 8, Pali parents and community members convened in front of PCHS to protest a proposed student vaccination mandate.

On September 9, The Los Angeles Unified School District announced that all students aged 12 and older need to be vaccinated by January 10, 2022 to be able to continue with in-person learning.

Pali Parents and community members who are in opposition to PCHS adopting a similar policy, protested, threatened lawsuits, and shared their thoughts at numerous Board meetings. On October 26, the Pali High Board of Trustees made their decision, requiring that students 16 years of age and older be fully in order to attend in-person classes in the spring.

Although not accepting personal or religious exemptions, Pali will permit students to submit medical exemptions. The deadline to submit student proof of vaccination is Friday, December 17, 2021. Students can email photos or copies of their vaccination status to [email protected] Those who fail to submit proof of vaccination will be permitted to take classes in Virtual Academy, Pali’s online school option.

On December 14, the district updated their policy, allowing unvaccinated students to continue with in-person learning next semester, but requiring the vaccine to return for the 2022 fall semester. It is unknown if future Pali board meetings will reflect similar changes.

All music obtained from Epidemic Sound.

Archival news footage obtained via Fair Use.