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Allahpundit mentioned this earlier but I wanted to focus on it for a couple of reasons. First, it really does strike me as outrageous that teachers are jumping the line for the vaccine while their unions are still talking about keeping them out of classrooms. Second, the piece that appeared in the Post opinion section today is about Fairfax County which is where I grew up and went to school. So I guess it feels a bit personal somehow.
Fairfax County has been considered an excellent school district for decades. So we’re not talking about schools full of 2nd rate teachers who don’t want to work. But as Rory Cooper pointed out today in the Post, there have been shifting statements about when they’ll get back to work in the classrooms.
The Fairfax County school system demanded and then received high-priority placement for teachers and administrators to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Those vaccines began a week ago, and, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand, 5,000 teachers have received their first dose and an additional 22,000 teachers are registered to receive their first dose soon.
And yet, having jumped to the front of the vaccine line, Brabrand, the FCPS School Board and the teachers union are delaying opening schools. That raises the question of why they have the priority placement to begin with, and whether these vaccinations should be immediately halted so that high-risk individuals or public servants who have been working outside of their homes for the entirety of the year have access.
Last week the district did announce plans to bring some students back to the classroom on Feb. 16. Other students won’t be returning until early March. A parent group called Open Fairfax County Public Schools released a statement saying they weren’t ready to applaud the school district until it actually happens. “Lucy has pulled this football several times before and trust is at a minimum,” they wrote. But even as teachers appear to finally be gearing up to go back to classrooms, their union is suggesting maybe school shouldn’t even be opened in the fall:
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