Things are changing fast’: More schools requiring masks for all, vaccines for teachers

Things are changing fast’: More schools requiring masks for all, vaccines for teachers

In just a week, more than a dozen of the country’s large urban school districts have shifted policies to require masks for all students and staff. And on Monday, the country’s largest school district announced it will require all school staff to be vaccinated, joining Chicago and Los Angeles. 

New York City’s decision came just as the Food and Drug Administration announced full approval of the Pfizer vaccine, a move that could encourage more school districts to impose vaccine mandates. 

The flurry of activity comes as the school year begins for more of the country and millions return to school buildings, many for the first time since the start of the pandemic. With the COVID-19 delta variant pushing case numbers up, schools are trying to calibrate their rules, often ratcheting up safety protocols.

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