St. Louis Public School Teachers Face Vaccination Warrant This Week

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Disciplinary action or dismissal could be considered for teachers who fail to show they have been vaccinated this week

ST. LOUIS – A vaccination policy for staff at Saint Louis public schools is in effect and the deadline to show proof of vaccination is Friday.

St. Louis teachers’ unions have contacted the school board to discuss mandatory vaccinations. Originally, teachers’ union officials lobbied that all school employees and students in the city eligible for the vaccine were required to be vaccinated.

But, the Saint Louis public school board voted in August to only require the term for school employees. Contractors, vendors, and volunteers who may come into contact with students in schools are also required to adhere to the vaccine policy.

SLPS staff must show that they have been fully vaccinated by October 15. The district says “fully immunized” means it has been two weeks since an employee received their last dose of the vaccine series.

The policy gives way to medical and religious exemptions. But, an exemption form had to be submitted by September 24.

Employees who benefit from an exemption will need to be tested twice a week. The tests will be performed on Monday and Thursday at no cost to the employee.

Disciplinary action or dismissal could be considered for teachers who fail to show they have been vaccinated this week.

The school district said employees will be placed on unpaid leave if they do not meet immunization policy requirements and have not been approved for an exemption.

People can also be fired for providing false information about their immunization status.

To read the Saint Louis public school mask policy, click on here.

For answers to frequently asked questions about immunization policy, click here.

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