The News Tribune spoke with Katy Payne, director of communications for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. It announced that "…if the office determines a school district knowingly has staff on the payroll who have not provided proof of full vaccination or obtained an exemption, the state will provide notice.
The district will have 15 days to provide proof of compliance with the proclamation. A second, 5-day notice will be given if no proof is provided."
Payne told the outlet: "If the district doesn't provide proof of compliance within that time frame, our office will withhold, and eventually reduce, the district's subsequent monthly apportionment payments."
The Eatonville School Board voted Thursday afternoon to vote 2-1 not to terminate employees who would not comply with Inslee's mandate.
One of the board directors, Matt Marshall, told The Post Millennial that he voted no on the motion and that "…if Governor Inslee wants to fire Eatonville School employees, he needs to do it himself. I am elected to represent Eatonville. School board directors are part of the legislative branch. Governor Inslee's proclamation is an executive order and does not compel me to vote how it says. We have checks and balances for a reason."
In August, Inslee implemented the strictest vaccine mandate for state workers in the US and gave no choice for workers to submit frequent testing in place of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since then, Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City has done the same. Inslee further published a vaccine requirement for all employees, on-site contractors, and on-site volunteers in K-12 schools.
On Tuesday, Inslee fired almost 1,900 state workers, including hundreds of first responders, who did not submit vaccination records, a requirement ordered by Inslee that had an Oct. 18 deadline.
Those numbers don't include workers discharged by their local governments or those who opted to leave or retire early after learning about the mandate. Those numbers combined are predicted to be in the thousands.
According to the Office of Financial Management (OFM) statement on Tuesday, 1,887 out of 63,000 state employees were terminated or left their positions over the mandate. An additional 4.6 percent of state workers, nearly 2,900, are still pending because the employees are either in the process of getting a job accommodation, are planning to retire, are getting vaccinated, or are awaiting separation from their agency.