Newsom: Classes Can't Reopen if All Teachers Must Be Vaccinated First
If teachers have to be vaccinated before schools can reopen, then in-person learning can’t resume this year. That alarming admission came from Gov. Gavin Newsom on a call with school administrators, according to California Public Radio.
“If we want to find reasons not to open, we’ll find plenty of reasons,” Newsom told the executive director of the Association of California School Administrators. Teacher vaccinations, he said, can’t happen until the summer.
Newsom is clearly growing frustrated with the demands of teachers unions, which want to see teachers vaccinated and community spread decline before in-person learning can resume. His Safe Schools for All plan is all but dead in the water, at least in its current form.
E. Toby Boyd, who leads the powerful California Teachers Association, has brushed off new CDC findings that classrooms are relatively safe with proper mitigation measures.
“We understand that the spread is not as rapid,” he said. “However, we need to make sure we have all the other items in place in order to mitigate the spread of the virus in the classroom, because it does occur.”
Many California schools are approaching the one-year closure mark. Parents are increasingly frustrated by the lack of answers, flexibility, and equity.