School vaccine tracker: Here’s where students are required to get COVID-19 vaccine
A small but growing number of districts are mandating vaccines for eligible as the COVID delta variant disrupted the beginning of yet another school year.
Though a handful of states have barred schools from requiring the COVID vaccine, administrators and school boards in several communities have decided mandates are the best way to keep students healthy and in school. Here’s a look at where districts have taken action on vaccines:
CALIFORNIA: Marin County, in Northern California, is strongly encouraging students involved in athletics, performing arts and other “high-risk” activities to get vaccinated. Unvaccinated students involved in these activities will be tested weekly for COVID.
Los Angeles USD requires students in extracurricular activities to be fully vaccinated in October, and all other eligible students by Dec. 19. Younger students have 30 days after turning 12 to being the vaccination process.
Culver City USD requires eligible students to become fully vaccinated by Nov. 19.
School board members in Oakland USD and San Francisco have also proposed vaccine mandates, ABC7News.com reported.
HAWAII: The state’s single district required all student-athletes, athletic staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 24.
MARYLAND: Montgomery County Public Schools required winter and spring athletes to get vaccinated by Nov. 15. “Vaccinations will allow activities to proceed with minimal disruption and support individual and team health and safety across MCPS Athletics,” the district says.
MASSACHUSETTS: A local board of health has approved the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District’s request to mandate students vaccinations, MassLive.com reported.
NEW YORK: New York City student-athletes in high-risk sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse and rugby had to get their vaccinations by the time competition began this fall.
OREGON: Portland Public Schools’ school board is surveying parents on a proposed vaccine mandate for eligible students.
VIRGINIA: Winter and spring student-athletes in Arlington County Public Schools need to bee fully vaccinated by Nov. 8, WTOP.com reported.
Fairfax County Public Schools has mandated vaccines for students playing winter and spring sports.