The New Head Start COVID-19 Masking and Vaccine Directive

December 10, 2021

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On November 30, 2021, the Office of Head Start issued an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC) with new Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) that require masking of all individuals 2 years of age or older and COVID-19 vaccination for the nearly 300,000 staff at Head Start programs across the country. These standards are effective immediately and apply to Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership, and American Indian and Alaska Native, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs. The IFC does not include a vaccine-or-test option; however, employees may request a religious or medical exemption and, if granted, employers must provide a reasonable accommodation, and those who are granted an exemption must undergo at least weekly testing.

All covered individuals, including staff, certain contractors, and volunteers must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination by January 31, 2022. 

Join FTLF for this timely webinar which will:

  • Provide an in-depth look at the new Head Start directive;
  • Give insight on which members of the Head Start team are covered by the vaccine mandate;
  • Discuss how to incorporate the IFC requirements into your program’s policies and procedures;
  • Describe legal challenges to similar vaccine mandates in other HHS programs like Medicaid and Medicare as well as the potential for legal challenges of the Head Start vaccine mandate; and
  • Provide a valuable opportunity to ask questions and share ideas.

Target Audience

  • Head Start Leadership
  • CEO, Executive Director / Head Start Director
  • CFO
  • COO
  • HR Director

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the Head Start program COVID-19 vaccine and masking mandate
  • Discuss key implementation requirements and exemptions authority
  • Understand how compliance will be evaluated
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
12/10/2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
12/10/2021 - 2:00pm EST


Nicole Bacon, a Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP, works in the firm’s Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Law practice groups. Nicole offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. Nicole represents a variety of community-based organizations, before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies. [Full Bio]


Phillip is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]


Serving as Managing Partner of the firm since 2003, and a member of the Health Law and Federal Grants practices since 1992, Ted is a national authority in the area of federal grants, particularly in the health and community service spheres. He advises clients on all aspects of program requirements, including issues such as cost-based reimbursement, governance, grant administration, cost reporting, and administrative issues and routinely handles challenging issues such as government audits, internal investigations, and litigation. Ted's priority is to help each organization carry out its mission by offering practical, down-to-earth counsel and to ensure that legal challenges do not distract from that focus. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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