New Rochelle schools to require all employees be vaccinated or get tested weekly
New Rochelle has joined other school districts in the Hudson Valley in requiring all employees be vaccinated or get tested every week.
The district reached an agreement Tuesday night with the teacher's union.
With Pfizer's COVID vaccine receiving full FDA approval for all Americans 16-and-up on Monday, more school districts are expected to follow suit.
The school district says all students will return to full-time in-person learning, with no remote learning option.
But virtual learning will be ready to use if the path of the pandemic deems it necessary.
Along with requiring vaccines, the school district is following a number of other safety protocols ahead of the school year.
This includes masks, regardless of vaccination, daily health screenings, cleaning, quarantine protocols, and ventilation.
The district is also pairing up with the County Department of Health to provide pop-up vaccine clinics throughout the school year.
The mandatory policy or weekly testing will take effect Friday, Sept. 10, which is the start of the school year. "We’re trying to make the most optimal conditions for both safety and learning, and we want to keep our children back in school, they’ve missed so much time being in classrooms, you know, with their teachers, other support staff and with each other so that social isolation, we’re really trying to create the most optimal balance," says New Rochelle School Superintendent Jonathan Raymond.