School Board Seeks Higher Vaccination Priority for Teachers

The Loudoun County School Board on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for on state leaders to move teachers to the head of the line when the next round of COVID-19 vaccines roll out.

Currently, public health officials are limiting vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents. Gov. Ralph Northam this weekannounced that K-12 teachers would be includedin the next round, dubbed group 1B. However, there are 1.2 million Virginians in that group, including 285,000 teachers. Others arefirst responders; essential workers in the manufacturing, food and grocery, and transit industries; postal employees; and residents age 75 and older.

School Board Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian) proposed the resolution in hopes that teacher vaccinations could be accelerated within that large group.

Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Asia R. Jones said the staff also is gearing up a new program in hopes of getting educators vaccinated more quickly. Forty of the school division’s registered nurses are undergoing training to be certified to administer the vaccines. The goal is to create a separate vaccination pod exclusively for school employees.

In addition to asking the state to give educators preference within group 1B, the School Board also asks that deadlines be set to begin and complete that work.

“This has been a failure at every level of government,” Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) said of the vaccine rollout to date.

The resolution passed unanimously with Jeff Morse (Dulles) absent from the meeting.

According to the state health department, as of Friday morning, 5,753 vaccine doses have been administered to Loudoun residents. Statewide, 142,000 people have received at least one shot, and 6,850 have completed the two-shot cycle.

8 thoughts on “School Board Seeks Higher Vaccination Priority for Teachers

  • 2021-01-09 at 11:32 am
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    Am I missing something here? LCPS teachers are “teaching” from home. It appears grocery store clerks are also in group 1B and I would like to see them vaccinated first as they actually go in to work and are exposed to countless customers.

  • 2021-01-09 at 8:03 pm
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    The chances of a teacher contracting COVID in school are virtually nil. The chances of them dying are much, much less. And yet we have these greedy, selfish teachers who won’t even return to school asking to jump in FRONT of 75+-yr-olds for the vaccine? Just when you thought teachers and the SB couldn’t get more utterly despicable than they already are, they sink to even lower levels. Teachers should be used as examples of the worst of the worst to educate our students on how not to behave ethically or honorably.

  • 2021-01-10 at 4:06 pm
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    If the teachers go to the front of the line (so to speak), does that result in schools opening immediately?

    Or are we simply playing favorites so the teachers can feel safe when they go out for dinner, etc?

  • 2021-01-10 at 5:40 pm
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    My mom is 97 and does not live in a nursing home or assisted living, so she is in group 1b. If she gets COVID, she most likely will die. Why should the teachers get ahead of her in line? The school board should be ashamed of themselves for such a request. Teach respect for elders!

  • 2021-01-11 at 1:00 pm
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    Listen to the SCIENCE! With the exception of postal employees, everyone else in the 1B Group should go ahead of teachers.

    This is the Democrat Party passing out favors to its favorite people, literally at the expense of other peoples’ lives. Why is the LEA not speaking out against this?

    Folks, this is what you will get from the Socialist Democrats. Logic goes out the window. Those with the most political favor get the best treatment.

  • 2021-01-11 at 2:34 pm
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    Our school board made this bad decision, how can we trust them to hire a new Superintendent? Teachers should not be first, the front line workers should be as well as retail stores.

  • 2021-01-11 at 8:00 pm
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    Sure, give those teaches the vaccine so they can get back to gathering at the bars at One Loudoun while they insist it is unsafe to go back to in-school education. This school board and teacher’s union continue to embarrass themselves.

  • 2021-01-12 at 10:34 am
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    Pull the curtain back.

    Loudoun teachers do NOT want this. LEA does not want teachers to return to the classrooms despite the failing grades and declining mental health of Loudoun youth.

    If we had some leadership, we would open the schools and impose a pay cut for teachers that refuse.

    As always, I would support exceptions for students and/or teachers with documented health concerns. Distant learning will always be available for a small group.

    Those that work in retail should get a raise. Their bravery has kept this county going.

    Our elected officials and educators, on the other hand, are doing their best to keep Loudoun shut down.

    Shameful.

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