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Clark County School District Board of Trustees votes in favor of employee vaccine mandate resolution

Posted at 5:01 PM, Sep 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-02 11:33:56-04

CLARK COUNTY (KTNV) — In a 5-1 vote early Thursday morning, the Clark County School District Board of Trustees voted to adopt a motion that would allow the superintendent to create a policy requiring employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The CCSD Board of Trustees held a special meeting to discuss the proposed mandate at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The meeting continued well past midnight.

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After hours of public comment, mostly expressing opposition to the measure, medical professionals spent around an hour or so answering questions from the board before Trustee Evelyn Garcia Morales eventually made a motion to adopt the measure.

Trustee Lola Brooks seconded the motion but with an amendment that includes more input from unions.

Trustees Morales, Brooks, Linda Cavazos, Irene Cepeda and Lisa Guzman all voted in favor.

Trustee Danielle Ford voted against the measure. Katie Williams was not present for the vote.

The meeting concluded around 12:45 a.m. on Thursday after hearing a few more public comments.

Watch the meeting below. To view the agenda click here.

Teachers have been split on complying, and many have threatened to leave the district if the mandate is implemented.

On Monday, 13 Action News spoke with a substitute teacher for the school district who said she would consider leaving her position if the vaccine becomes mandatory.

The district has previously said, "A vaccine mandate for our employees is particularly important in protecting children under age 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. By vaccinating all educators and staff we further protect and shield our unvaccinated students thereby helping to ensure schools can remain open and safe."

Read the full statement from CCSD here.