In abrupt reversal, San Francisco mandates vaccines for teachers

The San Francisco Unified School District, in an abrupt reversal of previous policy announcements, announced that it requires all employees to be vaccinated.

“Starting September 7, all SFUSD employees will be required to get all their shots,” SFUSD announced in an email. The district said non-vaccinated employees will undergo COVID-19 testing at least weekly.

SFUSD employs about 10,000 people.

Superintendent Vincent Matthews said in a statement: “As we move towards a full return to learning on August 16, we will do so with all current health and safety conditions in place.” “Given that we are among the rising cases and new variants in our community, a vaccine requirement is a necessary step in keeping our students, staff and families safe.”

Earlier this month, SFUSD said it would not mandate immunization for teachers, even though the district had asked employees to submit the immunization status.

“We encourage all of our staff to get the vaccine,” Matthews, the district superintendent, said last week. “We are currently assessing exactly who is being vaccinated. We will use this data to determine what our next step will be.”

District authorities also said at the time that they will not require cohorts or physical distances from schools, and that classes would not automatically be quarantined in the event of a COVID exposure.

“We’re using the best science and data to guide the reopened council,” Dr. Naveena Bobba, the city’s deputy director of health, said in San Francisco Chronicle. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other.) “It really is the things we discuss – masking, vaccinations, hand hygiene and really staying home when sick.”

The city told the Chronicle it will offer remote learning in a “very limited” amount of students with medical conditions recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The school will not have an option to go to school normally for students who are required to be quarantined, but will provide materials.

Classes for SFUSD schools begin Aug. 16.

The new mandate comes as COVID cases rise in San Francisco. The seven-day rolling average of COVID cases in San Francisco is 272 cases per day as of Aug. 2, according to the city.

Leave a Comment