SB Unified School Board Approves Vaccine Mandate or Testing for Staff
Source: Santa Barbara Unified School District
In order to protect Santa Barbara Unified School District students, staff and families against the risks associated with COVID-19 and the new Delta variant known as B.1.617.2, the Board of Education approved on Thursday a Resolution requiring that all staff be vaccinated prior to the start of school, or undergo regular COVID testing.
The Resolution also recommends all eligible students and family members (those 12 years of age and older) to get vaccinated prior to the start of school on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.
The Resolution comes as a new surge in COVID-19 rates has created increasing alarm.
Santa Barbara Unified joins other educational institutions across the nation in putting policies in place to urge vaccinations.
“There exists a health emergency that requires action to safeguard students and staff against risks of infection, illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID 19,” the Resolution states. “The overwhelming scientific evidence has established that the now-Emergency Use Approval approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and have been authorized for use by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all, except in the case of children under 12 years old and certain others. The Board has a responsibility to prevent the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 infections at SBUSD sites.”
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The Resolution was approved at a Special School Board Meeting held on Thursday, August. 5, 2021.
*Link to Approved Resolution
*A recording of the meeting and the Final Resolution will be posted to the district website.