Published On: Fri, Sep 24th, 2021

NYC Schools Brace for Staffing Shortages as COVID-19 Vaccine Deadline Approaches

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A potential staffing crisis at the nation’s largest public school system looms as New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all public school employees threatens to bar thousands of teacher and staff from classrooms when it takes effect next week. While Mayor Bill de Blasio seeks to keep as many schools as possible open for in-person learning, adults working at those schools remain under strict vaccination policies. With limited exceptions, all employees and contractors of the New York City Department of Education and have until the end of the day on Sept. 27 to show proof of at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Around 87 percent of the city’s 87,000 public school teachers are in compliance with the vaccination requirement, according to the most recent update from the department. That translates to more than 10,000 teachers who might be removed from payroll next Tuesday if they remain unvaccinated …

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