CPS sends vaccine mandate for teachers, staff back to drawing board

The proposal could be brought back up to the full board later this summer.
CPS board does not vote on mandatory vaccine resolution
Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 5:33 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education was expected to discuss a proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Monday but instead sent the proposal back to committee.

The proposed policy would require all district employees and co-located partners to receive at least the first vaccine dose before Aug. 17.

A co-located partner includes health partners, resource coordinators, school resource officers, and other partners working out of a district building.

Employees can be exempt from the vaccine requirement if they claim a religious or disability/medical exemption, according to the policy.

“An employee’s claim for a religious exemption must stem from a deeply or sincerely held religious belief or practice,” the policy reads.

Employees who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can request an exemption under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Ohio Civil Right Acts.

Political beliefs are not a sufficient reason for exemption, the policy states.

The proposal could be brought back up to the full board later this summer.

The board also declined Monday to vote on a proposal that would have required students to wear masks in the fall.

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