An open letter to State Governors (LA only)

COVID-19 Vaccines for K-12 Staff

11 so far! Let’s get to 25 signers!

While I am pleased that more people are becoming eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, I am distressed and deeply concerned that K-12 school staff were not included in the most recent expansion. When you gave the press conference announcing the start of vaccination phase 1b, you gave the impression that phase 2 would begin shortly. Phase 2 includes K-12 school employees. It has now been over a month since that announcement was made, and many educators, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers have been working with students face-to-face since September. We have put ourselves, our families, and our communities at risk in order to uphold our responsibility to our students and our school districts. While the state has established guidelines for the safe reopening of Louisiana schools, the frequent inclusion of the phrase “to the greatest extent possible” has weakened these guidelines tremendously. Many classrooms in our state are crowded with students to the point that social distancing is impossible. In Lafayette Parish, hundreds of cases of COVID-19 have been linked to schools. Two educators in Lafayette Parish have died, yet the pressure to bring more students into the schools is at its highest. As a public school educator, I want schools to reopen safely. I want all of my students to come to school every day. In order to achieve this vision while maintaining the environment free from recognized hazards, which educators are entitled to by law, we must be provided the opportunity to receive our COVID-19 vaccines. I urge you to immediately take aggressive action to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to any K-12 school employee who wishes to receive it. Truly, this is the least that could be done for us educators who have upheld our duty to our students in the face of danger.

First sent on February 6 by Shannon C.

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