BREAKING NEWS: Starting TODAY, Illinois teachers and school employees will be required to get a covid-19 vaccination or submit to weekly testing for covid-19 in order to continue working in the schools.

The following e-mail was sent out to Rock Island School District 41 employees today. Variations of the same e-mail have been sent out to

BREAKING: Illinois Teachers And School Employees MUST Get A Covid Vaccine Or Test, Starting TODAY

Western Illinois University announced new covid restrictions last week. They are among the hundreds of schools in Illinois adding new restrictions.

other school district employees across the state.

Starting Monday, September 20, 2021 all RIMSD employees must be vaccinated OR get a COVID-
19 test each week.

Fully vaccinated employees must submit proof by sending a copy of their vaccination card to the
District Head Nurse.
On Monday, September 20, 2021 AND Tuesday, September 21, 2021, all RIMSD employees are
required to submit an electronic self-checklist.
Starting Wednesday, September 22, 2021 ONLY employees who are not fully vaccinated must
submit a daily self-check list.
Employees will mark the day they are scheduled to test each week.
When a test is completed, the employee must submit proof by uploading a picture of an
official document the test was completed or a picture of the test results for that week. Only on
photo is required. The photo can be taken by your phone, sent to your email (i.e. school email),
and then submitted to the Self Check list.

BREAKING: Illinois Teachers And School Employees MUST Get A Covid Vaccine Or Test, Starting TODAY

There are zero ICU beds available in Southern Illinois due to an overflow of covid cases.

Potential further mitigations and possible hybrid or virtual learning plans are looming for Illinois schools if numbers do not improve.

Already, several schools, including schools in the Decatur Public Schools district, the Berrien schools district, the DeKalb schools district and others have announced they will be going to a virtual learning program until at least mid-September.

In early August, Pritzker announced Illinois students preschool through 12 would be required to wear masks during school and indoor sports and activities, as reported on

More mitigations could be on the way if numbers do not improve, Pritzker said.

“To be clear, what I am announcing today is a floor, a minimum,” Pritzker said.

“This is driven by the delta variant’s spread and increased by communities with low vaccination rates,” Pritzker said. “Let us be clear, this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.

“Nearly all Illinoisans who are hospitalized are those who are unvaccinated. From January to July, 98 percent of our cases have been among the unvaccinated, 96 percent of our hospitalizations have been among the unvaccinated, 95 percent of deaths have been among the unvaccinated,” Pritzker continued. “These are preventable deaths. Beyond the tragedy of losing lives this means wreaking damage on entire communities. Vaccination is the most effective tool we have for keeping this virus at bay.”


BREAKING: Illinois Teachers And School Employees MUST Get A Covid Vaccine Or Test, Starting TODAY
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