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A Seattle-area high school is encouraging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In return for getting the jab, roughly half of the student’s community service requirements for graduation will be satisfied.
According to KTTH-TV, Chimacum Junior/Senior High School (CJSHS), located in Port Townsend, sent a letter to students last week with ideas for how they can complete the 55 hours of community service that is required in order to receive a diploma.
“The school emailed students this week with ideas. Students can pick up litter, attend an online school board Zoom meeting, or write a letter to a newspaper editor,” KTTH reported. “But one community service option caught a parent’s attention: getting the COVID vaccine.”
Students who decide to get the COVID vaccine and submit proof of immunization will receive credit for 25 hours worth of community service.
“At CJSHS, we are providing our students with opportunities to improve their community in ways accessible to them given the circumstances of this pandemic,” CJSHS Principal David Carthum told radio host Jason Rantz via email. “Vaccination is just one of the voluntary ways that students can choose to fulfill this requirement. We know that immunization helps protect our community, which is why we call it a service.”