California to require teachers and school staff to show vaccination proof or submit to regular testing

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that California will be the first state in the nation to require all teachers and school staff to show proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing.

“We think this is the right thing to do and we think this is a sustainable way to keeping our schools open and to address the number one anxiety that parents like myself have for young children,” said Newsom, who is a father of four.

The new requirement affects California’s 320,000 public school teachers and tens of thousands of others — from cafeteria employees to cleaners and even school volunteers.

California, like the rest of the country, has seen a troubling surge in COVID-19 infections because of the delta variant, which represents the vast majority of new cases. It has affected children more than previous strains of the virus.