Fredericksburg Metropolis Public Colleges would require that each one scholar–athletes be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 8.
Deputy Superintendent Matthew Eberhardt introduced the varsity division’s choice on the Metropolis Faculty Board assembly Monday.
“The biggest numbers of quarantines have come from publicity to a constructive COVID-19 case concerned with sports activities,” Eberhardt mentioned. “Additionally, the most important numbers of linked constructive instances have originated with athletics. We imagine, understanding the affect we’ve had with sports activities, that to interrupt the cycle we’d like youngsters to be vaccinated.”
Pupil–athletes can request non secular or medical exemptions to the vaccine requirement and as a substitute be examined weekly for COVID-19, Eberhardt mentioned.
“College students who refuse won’t be allowed to take part in sports activities,” he mentioned. “This won’t have an effect on fall sports activities, however it would have an effect on winter and spring sports activities.”
At the moment, the Virginia Excessive Faculty League will not be recommending vaccine necessities for scholar athletes, however different Virginia faculty divisions—together with Fairfax and Loudoun—have applied them, Eberhardt mentioned.
Walker–Grant Center Faculty not too long ago needed to revert to a digital mode of instruction following a big COVID-19 outbreak.
Eberhardt mentioned that simply over half of eligible 16- and 17-year-olds within the faculty division are totally vaccinated. Solely 35 p.c of kids aged 12 to fifteen have been vaccinated.