2 Bay Area School Systems Mull Vaccine Mandates for Students | California News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The boards of directors of the two largest school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area are expected to vote next week on whether to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff and students aged 12 and over.

Members of the board of directors of West Contra Unified, which serves more than 28,000 students in Richmond, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo and several unincorporated areas, will vote on the policy on Tuesday. Meanwhile, board members for the Oakland School District, which serves about 50,000 students, plan to accept the proposal on Wednesday.

In August, the district saw an increase in the rates of coronavirus cases among college students, 40% of which were in middle and high schools, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

If approved, the districts would become the first in northern California to issue one of the most stringent anti-COVID warrants. Recently, the public school systems in Los Angeles – the second largest in the United States – and Culver City have required injections for eligible students.

California will require public school staff to be vaccinated or tested weekly starting next month, but there is no similar statewide rule for students.

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