SAGINAW, MI – On November 8th, a number of schools in the Saginaw school district were forced to temporarily shut after a number of staff members suffered unspecified adverse effects as a result of taking a COVID booster shot. Schools in the Saginaw school district and around the nation are significantly understaffed as workers are faced with either resigning or termination if they fail to comply with the active vaccine mandate.
According to a statement from Saginaw Township Schools, after multiple employees of Saginaw County Community Schools received an experimental COVID booster shot over the weekend, they apparently had negative reactions and were too ill to return to work, compelling the township’s elementary, middle, and high schools to close in the district.
“All Saginaw Township Schools will be closed today, Monday, November 8th, due to a staffing shortage,” the statement said. “Staff members will not report. Child care and after-school programs (including swim school) are cancelled. The Board of Education meeting will still take place. A large number of our staff had a negative reaction to the COVID booster shot given at a voluntary clinic over the weekend, resulting in absences today. There is a substitute teacher/staff shortage throughout the state, further complicating the availability to cover those absences.”
A local ABC affiliate noted in their report on the matter that the schools were slated to re-open come November 9th, but surprisingly stressed that the issue was caused by the booster shot and not COVID itself.
“At first, the blame might be leaning towards COVID-19, but a district spokesperson told ABC12 News that a large number of staff members had negative reactions to the COVID-19 booster that they received over the weekend.”
School district officials didn’t go into any detail on what the exact sort of reactions were to the administered booster shot, but the local ABC 12 report noted that of the recipients of the third COVID vaccine does “79% reported those local reactions, such as pain and itching at injection site, while 74% reported the systemic reactions like muscle pain and fatigue.”
On the same day of the school closures, the Saginaw Township Community school board unanimously voted to update mask mandate policies that go into effect on November 15th.
For children in grades nine through 12, the mask requirement will be lifted if the total number of new COVID cases for district students and employees falls below 10 for three weeks in a row.
However, if the cumulative number of new weekly COVID surpasses 20 for three weeks in a row following the lifted mask mandate, the district will revert back to masking requirements for those same grades.
As for students in grade eight and below, the district is enforcing a full mask mandate regardless of valid case numbers until January 5th, 2022, where the district will review and update masking guidelines at that time.