MPS Mandates COVID Vaccinations For Staff | WUWM 89.7 FM

All Milwaukee Public Faculties staff will likely be required to get vaccinated towards COVID-19 by Nov. 1, with exceptions for medical or spiritual causes. The district can even present $100 incentives for college kids to get the shot.

The MPS board unanimously voted for each mitigation measures at a particular meeting Thursday. Staff who’re granted an exemption will likely be required to get examined twice weekly.

Board members mentioned a vaccinated workforce is essential to guard college students and preserve them studying in-person.

“I simply suppose we have to do every thing – layer each mitigation protocol that we are able to, to be able to preserve our college students and employees within the buildings in a secure method,” mentioned Megan O’Halloran. “I feel we are able to all agree that is the perfect place for our college students so let’s do every thing in our energy to maintain them there, please.”

COVID case numbers amongst MPS college students are rising. One constructing, Morse Center Faculty, closed Thursday after greater than 3% of the college group examined optimistic.

Milwaukee Academics Training Affiliation vice chairman and dad or mum Ingrid Walker-Henry spoke in favor of the vaccine mandate, saying she’s anxious about her little one being uncovered to COVID in school. College students below 12 are usually not but eligible for the vaccine.

“The toughest factor I needed to do with my little one was enable him to attend faculty in-person,” Walker-Henry mentioned. “MPS has completed loads, however not every thing, to make sure college students are as secure as potential.”

A number of MPS staff spoke towards a mandate on the assembly, together with constructing engineer Rena Strzelecki.

“In case you are afraid, get the vaccine, however don’t pressure the people who find themselves not afraid to get the vaccine,” Strzelecki mentioned. “If we don’t converse up about this, our voices received’t be heard. My physique my alternative.”

MPS directors mentioned they have been making ready to rent extra substitute academics in case they lose staff because of the mandate.

The district expects to spend about $890,000 to rent employees that can cope with the logistics of the vaccine mandate, corresponding to verifying every worker’s proof of vaccination.

As for the $100 scholar vaccine incentive, directors mentioned it might value $3.1 million {dollars}, since there are about 31,000 MPS college students eligible for vaccination. That funding would possible come from federal COVID aid.

Vaccination incentives for workers are nonetheless into consideration. A consultant from the Milwaukee Metropolis Lawyer’s workplace raised authorized considerations with MPS each mandating and incentivizing vaccinations for workers.

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