Pressure Mounts To Reopen Schools But Teachers Want Vaccines

The head of the nation's largest teachers union wants "testing, layered mitigation and vaccine prioritization."
Posted at 4:42 PM, Feb 21, 2021

As the nation approaches the one-year mark since most public schools were shut because of the pandemic, the push is on to reopen them completely. 

Only about 40 percent of children K-12 are in classrooms 5 days a week now according to the reopening tracker Burbio. The pressure is on from parents and the Biden administration.

"The default position is that we should try to do everything we can to get the children back to school, safely for the children and safely for the teachers and other educational personnel," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

And the faculty? The head of the American Federation of Teachers weighed in on Sunday.

 "I just did a survey of my membership, and 85 percent have said that they would be comfortable being in school if they had the kind of testing, layered mitigation and vaccine prioritization," Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said. 

But Fauci said vaccines for teachers should not be a deal-stopper.


"We're saying we're doing whatever we can to protect the safety of the children and the teachers. but it's not a requirement. It's a priority but it's not a requirement for the teachers to get back into school."

President Biden has vowed to have most open by late April...the first 100 days of his administration. He wants additional dollars to help schools follow CDC school guidelines.

"Every school in the country doesn't have the funding and we need to, from the federal government, help address that."