(11-8-21) Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools announced today that a vaccine and or testing mandate on all middle and high school students who participate in extracurricular activities.

RPS 205 officials sent a newsletter out today just after 5:00 p.m. saying the mandate will start on Monday, November 15 and include students who are in athletics, clubs, fine arts, and before and after-school activities.

Statement from RPS 205 below:

“RPS 205 will require all middle and high school students who participate in extracurricular activities to either take advantage of the free COVID-19 vaccine, or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing though SHIELD Illinois starting Monday, Nov. 15. The goal is to keep students healthy, minimize interruptions, and stop the spread of COVID-19. All middle and high school students who participate in extracurricular activities must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing at their school if they have not received the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes athletics, clubs, fine arts, and before and after-school activities.”

Earlier this school year, the district offered to pay students $100 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. About 1,300 students signed up for the incentive program.

No other details were given on why the action was taken and why it was required. The action was not voted on by the school board.