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The issue

October 29, 2021

As the 2021-2022 school year rolled around, the announcement of a year in person garnered district-wide excitement, but it also posed countless new challenges. Returning to school gave rise to many new regulations, including one that has divided the Issaquah School District (ISD). 

On August 18, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee announced that all employees of both private and public K-12 schools were required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. If they could not provide proof of their full vaccination status, they would need to obtain religious or medical exemption by the October 18 cutoff. 

This announcement earned both backlash and support, but it raised the question of whether or not this mandate was reasonable. Should ISD staff be required to get vaccinated?

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