Vaccine policies within Madison Metropolitan School District

Right now elementary age students are not eligible for any covid vaccine. That's all kids under the age of 12.
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MADISON, Wis. Right now elementary age students are not eligible for any covid vaccine. That’s all kids under the age of 12.

While teachers aren’t required to get vaccines everyone will be required to wear a mask, vaccine or not.
Children are less likely to get seriously sick from covid-19, but several hundred have died, thousands have ended up in hospitals, and the delta variant’s spread has doctors concerned. MMSD spokesman Tim LeMonds says despite all that — *last semester proved schools can safely bring kids back to class, as long as they socially distance and wear masks.

“We were very very successful in mitigating covid. So learning from that experience and transitioning into the new school year we feel pretty safe with our safety plan as it is,” said LeMonds.

MMSD’s mask requirement is for all indoor classes and on buses, kids won’t need to wear them outside.

MMSD feels confident their safety measures already in place will keep students safe well beyond when younger kids become eligible for the vaccine.

“We as a school district were always going to take everything into consideration all of the feedback, following the science and guidance, but at the end of the day we are making the decisions that are in the best interest of keeping our students, staff, and families safe. That’s really what it’s all about,” said LeMonds.

Each safety strategy complements the others and work in concert to mitigate the overall risk of transmission. The district plans to review its strategies and adapt plans as they monitor community conditions.