This school district is likely the first large district in Bay Area to require teacher vaccinations

The San Jose Unified School District told teachers and staff Tuesday that they will need to either be vaccinated or tested twice a week for COVID-19 in order to return to school campuses, the district said.

San Jose Unified is likely the first major school district in the San Francisco Bay Area, and possibly in the state, to introduce a vaccine and condition test.

“I haven’t heard any other districts make announcements,” said district spokeswoman Jennifer Maddox. “I believe we are one of the first. I suspect that others will follow but I’m not sure what the weather will be.”

The state has required students and staff to wear indoor masks, and San Jose Unified also requires wearing face masks unless you are alone, eating or drinking or doing a physical activity such as PE students inside the classroom will need to stay at least 3 feet apart.

“This is a safety issue,” Maddox said. “We’ve talked to all of our working groups and they’re on board with the policy.”

There are more than 2,700 employees in the district, and Maddox said 90% are vaccinated.

“It’s a small number of people who will need to be vaccinated or can choose to get tested,” he said.

San Jose Unified is the largest district in Santa Clara County, with more than 30,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12th in 41 schools spread from Downtown San Jose to southern Almaden Valley.

Students and teachers in the district return to school August 18.

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