The Dallas Independent School District is offering cash incentives to both teachers and students who get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The district is among the first in Texas, if not the first, to give students ages 12 and up cash incentives for voluntarily getting vaccinated. The district said they will give fully vaccinated students a $50 gift card that can be used the same as cash.
Students who want to receive the incentive must have their parent fill out their proof of vaccination form and have it submitted by Nov. 15. Details from the district on the student incentive can be found here.
As of Monday, Sept. 13, the most recent date for which data is available, the district reported 1,546 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and another 650 among staff. The district is enforcing a mask mandate despite being forbidden by the governor and his executive order banning such mitigation efforts. The Dallas ISD has more than 140,000 students and an infection rate of 1.07%, through Monday. Some other large districts, like Frisco and Arlington, have less than half the student population of the Dallas ISD and are reporting hundreds of more infections among students leading to higher infection rates -- Frisco (3.03%) and Arlington (3.06%). Neither the Arlington ISD nor the Frisco ISD have implemented mask mandates.
The Dallas ISD previously said they would also pay teachers and other district employees a larger incentive -- $500 -- for those who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Staffers who want to receive the incentive must fill out their proof of vaccine form and have it submitted by Nov. 15. The $500 payment will be included in a future paycheck, expected within 45 days.