California becomes first state to issue vaccine-or-test mandates for teachers

California became the first state to announce a COVID-19 vaccine or weekly test mandate for teachers.

The California Department of Public health’s order “requires verification of vaccination status among eligible K-12 school workers, and establishes diagnostic screening testing of unvaccinated workers to minimize the risk that they will transmit while on K-12 school campuses, where a majority of students are not vaccinated and younger students are not yet eligible for vaccines.”

Public and private K-12 schools will be impacted by the order, however, it does not apply to home schools or to higher education. The application to private schools is a cause for concern, as a federal court recently ruled against Newsom in a case regarding the legality of his private school closure mandates.

Upon the decision, Governor Gavin Newsom said, ​​”We think this is the right thing to do, and we think this is a sustainable way to keeping our schools open.” California schools are instructed to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which include universal masking.

The governor’s decisions are controversial and motivate parents to become involved with their local school board. In September, California will host a special election to recall Newsom, wherein his Republican competition is focused on the concerns of parents and education-related issues. 



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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