RPS will implement federal vaccine mandate for staff in January

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 3:15 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Rochester Public Schools (RPS) staff will be required to get vaccinated starting in January.

RPS Interim Superintendent, Kent Pekel, confirmed in an interview Wednesday afternoon that there was a decision made in state court last week allowing the federal mandate that the Biden Administration instituted for vaccination of organizations that employ a certain number of workers to go forward to the state level.

That decision applies to RPS and many other organizations.

Pekel wants staff and parents to know that RPS did not change it’s policy, but the court decision will have to be implemented if sustained.

The requirement for vaccination is expected to start in January, and staff that do not get vaccinated will be required to get tested frequently.

Pekel explained that RPS has refrained from requiring staff vaccination because RPS staff is already close to 90 percent vaccinated.

“Per the court decision this last week, we are going to have to mandate the staff vaccinations, and we’re still very much trying to follow the court decisions and figure that out. That doesn’t apply to students” said Pekel.

This is a developing story.

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