COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for NOCP Employees

Letter from Joel Castro, CEO:
 
August 25, 2021
Dear Cohen High School and Hoffman ELC Parents,
 
First, I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and well during these difficult times. On that topic, I wanted to send you this update regarding vaccinations for employees of New Orleans College Prep Schools.
 
On Monday, the NOCP Board of Directors met to discuss the need for action on the high rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our city and our state. In that meeting, the NOCP Board voted unanimously to give me the authority to amend the NOCP Employee Handbook as needed to keep up with the rapidly changing situation that the pandemic presents for schools. As a result, I released a memo late yesterday to all NOCP employees (Cohen, Hoffman, and central team staff) that mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees. The timeline requires that all vaccinations be completed no later than October 1, 2021. In addition, the memo mandated that the first of 2 vaccinations is mandated no later than September 9, 2021.
 
As a result, I released a memo late yesterday to all NOCP employees (Cohen, Hoffman, and central team staff) that mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees. The timeline requires that all vaccinations be completed no later than October 1, 2021. In addition, the memo mandated that the first of 2 vaccinations is mandated no later than September 9, 2021.
 
Currently, over 70% of our employees at each school have been fully vaccinated or have received their first vaccination. For the employees that have not been vaccinated, each will be given a notice of termination for failure to follow policy if they do not make an effort to comply by the stated deadlines.
 
Please know that while this action may result in a temporary vacancy of a teacher or other staff member, our administrators are prepared to begin postings and interviews immediately to fill a potential vacancy. Even so, we believe that the vaccination requirement will ultimately help our schools reach 100% compliance with the new policy and help to keep our community safe.
 
I want to thank the many parents that met with me or one of our NOCP leaders to express their thoughts regarding vaccinations. Your input was invaluable as we navigated legal and operational issues in implementing this policy.
 
If you have any questions regarding the employee vaccination policy, please contact your appropriate school leader, copied below, for additional details. Thank you for your trust in allowing our schools to serve your family.
 
Sincerely,
Joel Castro, CEO