Head Start Issues Vaccine Rule; Masking Required Immediately

The Office of Head Start has released its long-awaited vaccination mandate (the Rule), which will be published as an interim final rule with comment period in the Federal Register on November 30, 2021. The Rule amends the Head Start Program Performance Standards to require masking for individuals aged two and older. It also requires vaccination for all Head Start staff, contractors whose activities involve contact with or providing direct services to children and families, and volunteers working in classrooms or directly with children.

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