BCSD to require COVID vaccines for faculty, staff

At its September 1 meeting, the Bethlehem Central Board of Education voted unanimously to mandate that COVID-19 vaccines be required for all district personnel by the first day of school, Thursday, September 9. The vote was made following a presentation by Superintendent of Schools Jody Monroe on the district’s return-to-school plans which included her recommendation for the vaccine requirement.

“We have two goals this school year,” Superintendent Monroe said. “To make sure we have a safe and effective learning environment for our students, and to bring back all of our students for in-person instruction. One goal informs the other, and this directive by the Board will help us reach both of these objectives.”

Bethlehem Central School District staff members will have until September 9 to start their COVID-19 vaccination cycle. The district employs more than 850 people. Of those, 88% are already fully vaccinated or have received the first shot of a two-shot vaccine series, Monroe said in her presentation to the Board.

The district is also following state guidelines and requiring all individuals to be masked while inside district buildings. The district will be updating its COVID mitigation document that had been shared with parents last month following meetings between district administrators and employee bargaining units.

The staff COVID vaccine resolution adopted by the Board can be viewed here.