California Educator

June/July 2021

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Summer Justice The Season of Justice 2021, a series of virtual engagements from June through August, is underway. Presented by NEA's Center for Social Justice, events are designed to deepen knowledge, build connections and engage the collective in meaningful conversations on racial and social justice. See more at Last year 's Summer Justice Series from NEA featured workshops and meetups focused on art, music and poetry as advocacy tools. This year 's lineup: • Week of July 26: Transforming Policing Policies for Safe and Just Communities • Week of Aug. 2: Healthy and Strong Communities and Schools • Week of Aug. 9: Empowering Communities and Schools • Week of Aug. 16: Ensuring the Right to Vote for Black, Brown, Native and AAPI Voters Visit for details. Vaccinations for Young Teens T H E R E A R E A L M O S T 17 million adolescents ages 12-15 in the United States, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), which analyzed 2019 American Community Survey data to help inform COVID-19 vaccination efforts to reach this population. The distribution of these adolescents by race/ethnicity: KFF reports that while children are less likely to experience severe COVID-19 disease compared to adults, a small subset may develop serious illness leading to hospitalization and even death. The risk is higher among Black and Hispanic adolescents compared to their white counterparts. Since children can transmit to others, vaccinating those under age 16 is important for achieving herd immunity to curb the pandemic. For the latest on vaccinations for students, go to Educators can find resources and tools at And read our Q&A with Dr. Naomi Bardach, who leads the Safe Schools for All Team for the California Health and Human Services Agency, on vaccines for ages 12-15 (page 13). United States Total White Black Hispanic Asian Other * 16,862,000 50.5% 13.4% 25.4% 4.8% 5.8% 2,062,000 25.1% 4.8% 52.4% 11.5% 6.2% California *Due to insufficient data, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and multiracial people are included in Other. Hispanic people may be of any race but are categorized as Hispanic; other groups are all non-Hispanic adolescents. CDC/Unsplash 11 J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 21

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