The state of California is set to require that all school workers for public or private institutions be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be subject to weekly testing for the virus.
The requirements are for teachers and other workers who make contact with students between transitional kindergarten and 12th grade and will not apply to higher learning schools, homeschools, or daycare centers.
On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the requirements are for ” all of our staff, not just teachers … custodial staff, the bus drivers, folks that are critical to supporting the entire school eco-system, also submit a verification of vaccination and/or submit to weekly testing,” as The Blaze reports.
Those who have previously recovered from the virus are not exempt from these requirements, even if they have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
“Previous history of COVID-19 from which the individual recovered more than 90 days earlier, or a previous positive antibody test for COVID-19, do not waive this requirement for testing,” the order reads.
All facilities must meet these standards by October 15.
Masks will also be required indoors at all K-12 schools.
According to state COVID-19 data, 63.8% of the population over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated, while 10% has been partially vaccinated.
California state workers are also required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be subject to regular testing and mask requirements.
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