Sioux City Community School Board removes vaccine mandate from meeting agenda

Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 9:41 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Sioux City Community School Board was set to discuss a vaccine mandate for all school district employees at Monday night’s meeting.

However, by unanimous vote, the board decided to remove the proposal from the agenda.

“The board saw fit that we are not medical experts, nor do we want to impose our personal choices onto people. And, we decided to take it off the agenda for the evening. It is no longer required so no need to discuss it,” said Dan Greenwell, Sioux City Community School Board President.

The vaccine mandate was supposed to get its “first and final” reading Monday night. The proposal would require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID. Starting on February 4th, the proposal says unvaccinated employees must test for COVID weekly, and present a negative test.

Those unvaccinated employees must also wear a mask at work, but, on Friday, the Iowa Division of Labor announced it wouldn’t adopt OSHA’s vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 workers. So, the school board tabled the vaccine mandate until further notice.

During the meeting, Greenwell said the district won’t rule out putting a vaccine mandate in place, but it is not required at this time.

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