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Culver City High School quarterback Zevi Eckhaus attends the first official football practice in February after an 11-month hiatus due to COVID-19. The Culver City Unified School District is developing a plan for those who do not comply with a student vaccination mandate.

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Culver City High School quarterback Zevi Eckhaus attends the first official football practice in February after an 11-month hiatus due to COVID-19. The Culver City Unified School District is developing a plan for those who do not comply with a student vaccination mandate.

Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Los Angeles County school district will require students ages 12 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Culver City Unified School District is still developing a plan for those who do not comply with the mandate.

Local teachers’ unions were strongly in favor of a vaccination mandate for students, Geoff Maleman, a district spokesperson, told NPR.

“They were very concerned, especially some staff who are older or have co-morbidities that might make them more susceptible to COVID, about going back to school in a room full of kids who don’t haven’t been vaccinated,” Maleman said. “It has become a real safety concern for teachers.”

Culver City Unified also plans to require masks and conduct weekly testing regardless of vaccination status. The district is believed to be the first in the nation to mandate the vaccine for eligible students and staff. Students and staff must provide proof of immunization before November 19.

California was the first state to require teachers and staff to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. Earlier this week, Washington State issued a vaccination mandate for K-12 teachers and staff in the state.

Teachers in many districts are required to be vaccinated, including in denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

As the delta variant rages on, Culver City Unified students have headed to school buildings for back to school.

“As we have all learned, we may need to change quickly to adapt to new information,” Quoc Tran, the district superintendent, wrote in a letter to families. “We are excited to have everyone back together for a safe school experience.”

Carol C. Reed