- Kent School District
KSD Staff Vaccination Update
Vaccines are a critical strategy in our fight against COVID, including the Delta variant. On August 18, Governor Inslee announced that the State of Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be extended to K-12 educators, school staff, coaches, bus drivers, volunteers, and others working in school facilities. All KSD staff will be vaccinated by October 18 or have an approved exemption. In addition, school staff and volunteers will all be vaccinated by October 18, 2021.
Our human resources team is working with our labor partners to implement this state mandate for all our staff. Since the announcement, we have provided all KSD staff with resources for applying for a religious or medical exemption and information about where to get vaccinated. We are also working to ensure contracts and volunteers meet the state requirements.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for KSD students. The State Board of Health, which has the sole authority to set immunization requirements for students, is not currently requiring the COVID-19 Vaccine for children in school settings. However, we encourage vaccination among all eligible students. State law (RCW 28A.210.140) provides full authority to the State Board of Health to establish the procedural and substantive requirements for immunizations for students.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the most substantial protective measure against COVID-19 available to individuals 12 years of age and older. While vaccination is not required for students for in-person education at K-12 schools, all school employees must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated once it has been 14 days since their last dose of Pfizer or Moderna or 14 days since their only dose of Johnson & Johnson. The final dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for KSD staff must be received by October 4, 2021. Throughout our pandemic response, we have worked to increase access and reduce barriers to vaccinations, and we will continue to do so.