New Rule? “No Shots, No School…” Not Quite Yet
(NewsReady.com) – The Washington, DC school district has taken vaccine mandates further than most other places. Officials implemented a policy requiring all students ages 12 and up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and all routine shots before attending school this year. However, that has just changed.
On Friday, August 26, the city’s deputy mayor for education notified school leaders that children would have more time to comply with vaccine mandates. The change will impact both charter and public schools.
Kids in pre-K through fifth grade will need to have all of their routine immunizations by September 7. If they do not, officials will send a letter to their parents, and they will have until October 11 to comply. Students in 6th grade through 12th grade will be notified on October 3, that if they do not receive their vaccinations, they have until November 4 to comply or face removal from school. Those 12 and over have until January 3 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
NEW: D.C. students have more time to catch up on routine + covid vaccines.
Students in PreK3-5 grades have until at least Oct. 11 to get routine shots before facing exclusion. 6-12 graders have until Nov. 4.
Students 12+ need covid shots by Jan. 3. https://t.co/3xAAzJkcpX
— Lauren Lumpkin (@laurenmlumpkin) August 26, 2022
According to reports, the decision comes amid concerns that students, especially those of color, would be forced to sit out of class until they received their vaccinations. DC doesn’t have a virtual option for children this year, meaning kids whose parents don’t comply could suffer educationally.
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