Do teachers need vaccines to return to classroom? CDC expected to unveil guidelines on schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to
this week on how schools should reopen, and one of the big questions is whether
or not teachers have to be vaccinated before returning to the classroom.
According to a recent
suggestion by the CDC's director, that wouldn't be necessary, but reinforced masking,
social distancing, ventilation and testing will likely be necessary.
Many school districts in New Jersey have been remote in some
capacity. In Highland Park, the district has been remote since last March. Superintendent
Scott Taylor wants to hear
specific guidelines from the CDC’s announcement.
"From the federal level, a directive to
states that educators become vaccinated right away,” says Taylor.
“We cannot wait any longer.
We can't accept more of the hodge-podge manor teachers and team have been
getting appointments to be vaccinated."
The district's middle and
high schools are supposed to transition to hybrid learning next Tuesday.
In districts such as Newark and
Montclair, teacher unions also want vaccinations before returning, but if
teachers are not prioritized for vaccines, that's unlikely.
President Joe Biden and his
administration want students back in school buildings by April.