Washington DC Mayor Terminates Education For Unvaccinated Kids

Democrat Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Thursday that children who have not received the COVID-19 vaccinations will not be allowed to attend school this year. Further, there will be no remote learning or alternative educational options made available.

Bowser issued a press release announcing that the Coronavirus Immunization of School Students and Early Childhood Workers Amendment Act of 2021 mandates every student 12 years old and up must be “vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend school.”

The law cited by Bowser includes provisions for parents to seek religious or medical exemptions.

The D.C. Superintendent of Education had said that when school begins on Monday, August 29, students will have 20 days to file a certification of their vaccination, “or they will not be allowed to attend school or school activities until the immunization certification is secured by the school.”

Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn said that another extension was being put in place on Friday to avoid massive absences at the beginning of the school year. The requirement is now not expected to be enforced until January 3.

Kihn said that the district expects that extra time will “give schools additional time to prepare and for students to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.”

The district said that any student who tests positive for COVID must isolate themselves for five days and wear a mask for an additional five days.

Bowser told reporters that the district will not be offering remote learning for any children this year, and said that “families will need to comply with what is necessary to come to school.”

The school district’s website indicates that only 72% of students aged 12 to 15 are currently fully vaccinated. Among black students in the same age group, only 53% are fully vaccinated.

Also on Thursday, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled against Bowser’s vaccine mandate imposed on all D.C. government employees. The order came in a lawsuit that was filed in February by the D.C. Police Union challenging the authority for the mandate. The court agreed with the union that the mayor does not have the legal power to require employees to receive the shots.

Bowser responded to that order by saying the city government would comply but would “continue encouraging our community to access life-saving vaccines.”