Under the Civil Rights Act 1964, the department can initiate its own investigations in districts if state policies and actions result in potential violations of the civil rights of students. Some parents and advocates complain that the mask ban is, in effect, a violation of civil rights because it denies a student the right to an education by endangering him at school.
Understanding the state of vaccine and mask mandates in the United States
- Mask rules. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July recommended that all Americans, regardless of their immunization status, wear masks in indoor public places in areas affected by epidemics, a reversal of guidelines it offered in May. . See where the CDC guidelines would apply and where states have instituted their own mask policies. The battle for masks has become controversial in some states, with some local leaders defying state bans.
- Vaccination rules. . . and bfactories. Private companies are increasingly imposing coronavirus vaccines on their employees, with different approaches. Such warrants are authorized by law and have been confirmed in court challenges.
- College and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Almost all of them are in states that voted for President Biden.
- Schools. On August 11, California announced it would require teachers and staff in public and private schools to be vaccinated or tested regularly, the first state in the country to do so. A survey released in August found that many American parents of school-aged children are opposed to mandatory vaccines for students, but were more in favor of mask mandates for students, teachers and staff who don’t. don’t have their vaccines.
- Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and large healthcare systems are requiring their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, citing an increase in the number of cases fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even within their hand -work.
- New York. On August 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York announced that proof of vaccination would be required from workers and customers for indoor meals, gyms, shows and other indoor situations, becoming the first city America to require vaccines for a wide range of activities. . Employees of the city’s hospitals must also get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests. Similar rules are in place for New York State employees.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon has announced that it will seek to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for the nation’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than” by mid-September. President Biden announced that all federal civilian employees should be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel.
Dr Cardona said conversations with parents of children with autism, respiratory disease or weakened immune systems, “who rely on school for socialization and the important building blocks of learning,” have contributed to his sense of urgency.
“I heard these parents say ‘Miguel, because of these policies my child cannot access their school, I would put them in danger,” said Dr Cardona. “And for me, that goes against proper and free public education. This goes against the core beliefs of educators across the country to protect their students and provide a well-rounded education.
The administration will also send letters to six states – Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah – berating governors’ efforts to ban universal masking in schools.
Last week, Dr Cardona sent similar letters to the governors of Texas and Florida, reminding them that districts have both the funding and the discretion to implement the safety measures recommended by the CDC for schools. . The secretary also clarified that he supported the district leaders who defied the orders of the governors.
In his letter to Texas, Cardona warned that the state was jeopardizing its federal relief funding. State Attorney General Ken Paxton doubled down on his response, suggesting on Twitter that it would bring the state ban on school mask warrants before the Supreme Court.