Protecting Our School Communities: Portland Public Schools To Require COVID-19 Vaccine for All Employees8/18/2021
The public health guidance is clear--vaccines are the best way to prevent the spread and the severity of COVID. Today we are announcing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all PPS staff.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed the guidance of public health experts to best ensure the health and well being of our students and staff members. The State of Oregon has communicated that local school districts are in the best position to determine further measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In alignment with public health experts’ recommendations, Portland Public Schools, along with its labor partners, is committed to taking every step possible to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, and community.
Today, as we prepare to welcome students back to school for full-time in-person instruction on September 1, PPS, the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) and the Portland Federation of School Professionals (PFSP) have agreed with the concept that we will require all employees — including classroom teachers, school-based and central office staff — to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
PPS and its labor union partners are outlining the details of this vaccine requirement for the 2021-2022 school year. More information will be made available to all PPS employees by Monday, August 23.
In short, all PPS employees will be required to submit proof of full vaccination by August 31, unless they have an approved exception. PPS employees who do not provide proof of vaccination by August 31 will be required to be tested regularly, or until proof of vaccination is submitted.
This shared commitment and announcement to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all PPS staff is another important, safe and effective way to protect our students, staff and community and towards our path to ending this pandemic. To learn about PPS’ efforts to create access to and promote the COVID-19 vaccine, visit PPS.net/COVID-19Vaccination. In conjunction with the OEBB Open Enrollment Fair, COVID vaccinations will be available to all employees, their family members (children age 12+) and friends today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the BESC Board Room.
Chief of Human Resources