School districts in New York started collecting teacher vaccination data Wednesday, as part of a new Executive Order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
Teachers are not required to get the vaccine, but if they do, they must let the school know so districts can report the data to the New York State Department of Health. Cuomo says the information is for reporting purposes only.
Schools must send updated reports every Friday moving forward, including the number of teachers vaccinated and the percentage of teachers who taught in person during that week.
Read the full order below:
IN ADDITION, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope with the disaster, I hereby issue the following directives for the period from the date of this Executive Order through March 24, 2021:
- A teacher employed by a P-12 school (public or non-public) or school district must report that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination to their employing school or school district upon request of the district for purposes of Department of Health reporting only. Nothing contained within this directive shall be read as requiring any teacher to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
- Commencing Wednesday February 24, 2021 and every Friday thereafter, every school and school district shall report to the Department of Health, on a weekly basis, in a form and manner to be determined by the Department, the number of completed COVID-19 vaccinations reported in the prior week, as well as the number and percentage of teachers instructing students in-person during the prior week. Such weekly report shall include any other data elements as the Commissioner of Health determines to be appropriate to track in-person instruction in such schools and school districts.