September 21, 2021

Could Biden’s vaccine mandate exacerbate school staff shortages?

School districts, especially in areas where vaccine and mask mandates have become contentious, may see higher turnover rates among staff after President Joe Biden called last week for vaccines to be mandated for employers with 100 or more workers in the near future. District leaders worry turnover may be especially damaging among school nutrition and transportation staff amid a pre-existing national shortage of both.

However, which districts will be impacted by the new rule will vary depending on a number of factors, including whether they are located in states overseen by or having an alternative plan with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency developing the mandate; whether the alternative plans are amended to reflect the change; and how districts employ their support staff.

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