Montgomery County School Board to Discuss Staff Mandate for Vaccines | Education
“There is a lot of information to analyze before we finally know how we are supposed to proceed with some of the requirements,” he said.
The Pulaski County School District has meanwhile encouraged vaccinations by offering a stipend of $ 250 to any contracted employee who proves they are fully vaccinated by September 30, Siers said. The district employs nearly 700 contract workers and about 100 other replacements, he said.
Although Siers is not yet sure of the exact number due to the data still being collected, he said he expects only two-thirds of staff to be fully immunized by the end of this month.
Recent efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in schools amid the rise of the delta variant have not been without controversy in localities across the region, where school boards have been sharply divided over the measures they have. taken.
Just before state officials widely announced that indoor masking is indeed required in all public schools, the Montgomery County School Board narrowly adopted an indoor mask requirement. As had been the case in several other communities in Southwest Virginia, the issue became polarizing as many parents against the masking requirements argued that the measures violated their constitutional and parental rights.
The recent decision by the Montgomery County School Board to add the discussion of the vaccine mandate to its next agenda did not receive support from all members.