Glencoe D35 to require students and staff to provide immunization status next year
There are a number of things that students and teachers need to remember for the first day of school. At Glencoe, they’ll need to remember another one: documenting their COVID-19 vaccine status.
Glencoe District 35 will require all eligible staff and students to “submit immunization documents,” according to a memo from Superintendent Dr. Catherine Wang to the Board of Education.
“In order to most effectively and efficiently monitor health plans and required steps in positive COVID cases, we will require all staff and students to submit vaccination documents,” Wang said in the statement. note. “These details will ensure that we can effectively provide details to families and staff regarding quarantine protocols, if needed. “
At the council meeting on Thursday, June 3, Wang told council members that the district would create a system to upload and record the immunization status of its staff and students.
This will allow the district “to move really faster with the protocols,” Wang said.
“It’s no different from any other vaccination record,” she said. “Having this allows us to move forward to make a much faster decision when a positive COVID case occurs. “
At the time of publication, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in children 12 to 15 years of age in the United States. Kaitlin Eden, communications specialist for the district, confirmed that the district will only apply for immunization status from students 12 years of age or older.
“We would only ask our students aged 12 and over if they received the vaccine or if they did not receive it, and if they received it, we will ask for proof of the vaccination card.” , said Eden. “These things will help us determine next school year if a positive case arises in the school, what that would mean for other people within the school community.”
All staff employed by the district, including teachers, support staff, custodians, administrators and substitute teachers, are also required to submit, Eden told The Record.
The district’s decision to require documentation of immunization status is not a mandate for immunization, depending on the district.
Public school districts are subject to the mandates of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education and therefore cannot require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 .
Wang said in the note that a district-wide planning committee will meet to “define plans for the new school year” for the year 2021-22.
“The socio-emotional needs of our students and staff will be prioritized as planning continues to open the year with a renewed focus on classroom connections and community,” she said. “We will continue to share updates as the summer progresses.”
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