Editorial: Gifts and treats sweeten the LAUSD vaccine mandate. That can only make schools healthier

Mary Poppins was a stern nanny, but she knew the value of sweetening the deal. The Banks children in the Disney movie had to take their daily medicine, but with it, they were dosed with “a spoonful of sugar” to make it a more pleasant and far less combative experience.

Almost all students 12 years and older in Los Angeles Unified schools now must take a new version of their medicine: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19. Failure to do so by Jan. 10 means those students will have to switch to the district’s remote-learning program.

District and county health officials believe that slightly more than 70% of students are on track to meet the deadline, but that’s hard to know until parents file the necessary paperwork. The number could be higher. Still, it’s hard to stomach the idea that any significant number of students now attending a regular classroom would have to return to the kitchen table for lessons. For most students, in-person education makes a world of difference. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-11-18/editorial-if-gifts-and-treats-sweeten-the-lausd-vaccine-mandate-that-can-only-make-schools-healthier-and-safer