WCCUSD meeting to discuss vaccine mandates for students, staff

WCCUSD to host community safety forum via Zoom
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By Kathy Chouteau

The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) has scheduled a special board meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a hot topic of concern to local families: potential COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students and staff, as well as others closely associated with the district.

At the meeting, which will be held both on Zoom and in-person at DeJean Middle School, 3400 MacDonald Ave. in Richmond (capacity 100), the WCCUSD Board of Trustees will review and possibly take action on three resolutions pertaining to: an employee and volunteer vaccination mandate; a student vaccination mandate, including adult school students; and a vaccination mandate for partner organizations or direct service staff.

According to the meeting agenda and regarding students, the resolution proposes that: “All students who are 12 years of age and older must receive their first vaccine dose no later than 45 calendar days from and their second dose no later than 75 calendar days from adoption of the Resolution;” and that “All other students must receive their first vaccine dose by no later than 30 calendar days after their 12th birthday, and their second dose by no later than 60 calendar days after their 12th birthday.”

The aforementioned timelines would be enforced starting Jan. 3, 2022, per the meeting agenda. To check out the full agenda, click here.

“For the health and safety of your students, staff, families and community, I strongly support the WCCUSD requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all students age 12 and older and all district staff,” said Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano in support of the mandates.

District families and other stakeholders can join the meeting via Zoom here or by phone at 1-669-900-6833 using web ID 443 916 491. Those wishing to join the meeting in person at DeJean Middle School must register before the meeting. Click here to register.