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Portland Public Schools will consider vaccine mandate for eligible students – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-15 13:01:29 –

Oregon’s largest school district will decide whether qualified students need the COVID-19 vaccine.

Students at Kellogg’s Middle School in Portland will return to campus on the first day of September 1. Portland Public Schools are considering whether to require all students over the age of 12 to attend school. PMG Photo: Jonathan House

Portland, OregonPortland Tribune) — “Three feet is not enough. Kathryn Henderson told Portland Board of Education members and staff with tears on Tuesday, September 1, while isolated from home. With a sixth grade teacher. Parents were one of several who urged Portland Public Schools to strengthen their contact tracing and notification systems for COVID-19 infections.

“It took my son home from school and bring his COVID home in just three days,” Henderson added during a public comment session on Tuesday’s PPS board. The school board was the first meeting since the school started on September 1.

As the district scrambles to fill positions and catches up with case reporting, testing, and contact tracking, it can quickly reach key points. The school board will meet for a work session on whether all qualified students need vaccines. Before that, we will investigate parents about the current vaccination status of all students over the age of 12.

This idea is endorsed by some students.

“We would like to urge PPS and its board to require all students over the age of 12 to be vaccinated,” said Jackson Weinberg, a student representative of the school board, on Tuesday. “It is our responsibility to ensure that our school is safe and our students and staff are healthy. We believe we can take this step under the leadership of the Los Angeles Unified School District.”

Parents, teachers and students say the school year is off to a good start. In addition to the large number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon where nearly 300 students were quarantined by mid-September, in school districts containing PPS, teachers have contracted COVID and bus drivers, if needed, There is a shortage and there is a shortage of substitute teachers. Isolate at home.

District has Deploy the COVID-19 dashboard To help families track reported cases and exposures.

As of September 14, 55 students had been quarantined after being exposed on-site at Roseway Heights Middle School in northeastern Portland. Ida B in southwestern Portland. At Wells-Barnett High School, seven students and four teachers were quarantined due to offsite COVID-19 exposure.

Shortage of bus drivers

On Tuesday, two different people told an anecdote that a student had been dropped off at school, but was only stuck due to a shortage of bus drivers to return home.

Dan Jung, Chief Operating Officer of PPS, said: “This challenge is not unique to Portland or Oregon.”

Jung said the district is looking for new drivers and administrative staff to fill the staff gap.

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