Volunteers welcome back in schools with required COVID vaccination

School volunteers make a huge difference for our students and our community. Parents, grandparents, and community members who want to give back can find many opportunities within our schools.

As TPS welcomes volunteers back this school year, there are a few guidelines, new and old, to help keep our schools healthy and safe.  Each year we perform a screening and background check for volunteers. Additionally, volunteers must follow all health and safety guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing.

New starting this school year, under Gov. Jay Inslee’s August 19 mandate, K-12 school volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Volunteers will be asked for proof of vaccination as part of the sign-up process. Proof of full vaccination is required by Oct. 18 to continue volunteering.

The new vaccine requirement includes two potential exemptions; qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious exemption. Those seeking an exemption can work with their student’s school or directly with the TPS human resources team members Railene Gordon (last name A-L) or Sarah Miller (last name M-Z).

Vaccines are not required for school visitors, this includes picking up your student, dropping off items and conferences.

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TPS Media Contact

Kathryn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager | 253-571-1015 | kmccart@tacoma.k12.wa.us

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