Honeymoon ended in a community where Delta Variant was established. After returning to school, to do everything safely, such as filling in the principal, supervising the children, checking the temperature of the children and providing masks, guiding traffic to the parking lot, picking garbage, wiping the dining room table, etc. I’ve spent weeks on it. Schools of these times. Since the beginning of this year, I have talked to other school directors who can say the same or similar things. The same criminal continues to affect us all — COVID-19. However, there are usually villages that manage these tasks. Now we don’t.
The shortage of staff is serious and there is no replacement. To make matters worse, a paid person who is negative on the COVID-19 test but remains unvaccinated because he is at home for 10 days at a time when exposed to a person who is positive on the test. It is a public health rule that requires school staff. The rest of us, including our students, will have no teachers, cafeteria workers, or janitor. Students must wear five or six hats to ensure their education.
necessary? Yes. Sustainable? No.
Governor Gavin Newsom took a good first step when he demanded vaccination from school employees, but he left a big loophole. He allowed school staff to test that they were not vaccinated by promising to have a COVID test twice a week. He then burdened the school to become a COVID test center overnight for employees who refused vaccination.
As a result, these staff who refused vaccination must be on the bench for two weeks each time they are exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19. Please try to imagine. Being part of a team of 40 people, 10 people are forced to quarantine for two weeks each week, with 30 team members working for 40 people in the first week. It’s one of those jobs, and it’s an additional job for three colleagues. These types of staffing outages are debilitating schools throughout the state. There are news reports that the school has to close its classrooms due to a shortage of staff.
Some major politically influential school systems put the problem in their hands. For example, Los Angeles Unified has closed a loophole and requires all school staff to be vaccinated. California needs to do the same.
With over 6 million students in California, we cannot afford to agree to less than 100% vaccinations for school employees.
Yes, policies can force educators to refuse vaccination, but if they are exposed to positive cases, they aren’t working anyway. In essence, unvaccinated people are difficult to hire in a school environment. They can go out and beat our school with them at any time.
You can’t risk it.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Margaret Fortune, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortune School, has nine kindergarten to high schools focused on bridging the black achievement gap by enrolling more than 2,300 students in college. It is a system of public charter school up to. She is the state representative of the California Democratic Party (CDP) Central Committee and an elected member of the Board of Directors of the CDP Black Presidium. Fortune is the Treasurer of the National Action Network (NAN) Sacramento and is an educational advisor to the two Governor of California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University’s Kennedy Government Graduate School.
Header Photo: Governor Newsom signs an emergency bill to fight COVID-19. (Courtesy of gov.ca.gov)
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