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State of Washington schools chief urges a vaccine mandate for teachers

In a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal “strongly” encouraged the governor to compel all teachers and staff in public schools to provide proof they have received a COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021, as a condition of employment.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. Image courtesy of YouTube video.

From an August 13, 2021, Snohomish County press release.

The leader of Washington’s public schools on Thursday urged Gov. Jay Inslee to require that all public school employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face the loss of their jobs.

In a letter to Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal “strongly” encouraged the governor to compel all teachers and staff in public schools to provide proof they have received a COVID-19 vaccine by October 18th as a condition of employment — the same mandate Inslee issued earlier this week for state workers and health care providers. 

“With the continued increase in cases of COVID-19 across our state due to the highly contagious delta variant, students losing precious time learning in-person with their educators and peers because of quarantine or, potentially, school building closures is a real threat,” he wrote.

Imposing a mandate “will make our schools safer and reduce the possibility of harmful disruptions in learning,” Reykdal added.

For more information see this video of Reykdal's media briefing.

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