CPS board to debate COVID-19 vaccine requirement for academics, workers

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Cincinnati Public Schools board meeting on Monday is expected to discuss a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for teachers and staff.

The proposed policy would require that all district employees and co-location partners receive at least the first dose of vaccine before August 17th. A co-location partner includes health partners, resource coordinators, school resource officers, and other partners who work in a district building.

Employees can be exempted from vaccination if they claim a religious or disability / medical exception under the policy.

“An employee’s right to religious exemption must stem from a deeply or sincere religious belief or practice,” says the directive.

Employees who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Ohio Civil Rights Acts.

Political beliefs are not a sufficient reason for an exception.

If there is consensus, a vote is taken on the mandatory vaccination.

The session on Monday starts at 6.30 p.m.

FOX19 NOW will update this story with any developments from the meeting.

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