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Policy requiring COVID vaccines for CPS students to be discussed Friday

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 12:06 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 5:28 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education’s Policy Committee will meet on Friday to discuss a COVID-19 policy for eligible students, according to CPS board member Mike Moroski.

The policy would still have to be voted on and approved by the school board.

The committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Friday.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 12 and older.

Pfizer did say on Monday its vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon, according to the Associated Press.

Ohio law prohibits schools from requiring vaccines that have not been fully approved by the FDA, something the Pfizer vaccine received last month.

Moroski says all students would have to get vaccinated if the policy is approved unless they are granted an exemption.

“Any eligible student, save those who have a legitimate opt-out, that Americans With Disabilities Act, religious exemption, etc., would have to be vaccinated by X, Y, Z date,” said Moroski.

Los Angeles public schools approved a vaccine requirement for all students 12 and older, the Los Angeles Times reported two weeks ago. Students at LA public schools must be fully vaccinated by January.

CPS would be the first district east of the Mississippi River to implement a student vaccine policy, according to Moroski.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids would have to show a negative COVID-19 test every single week, Moroski says. That is the same policy CPS employees must follow.

CPS employees are required to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision was unanimously approved earlier this month.

Exemptions are allowed if an employee can prove they have a medical or genuine religious reason not to get the vaccine.

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