Long Beach, California 2021-03-04 16:05:44 –
At a meeting of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education last night, Superintendent Jill Baker revealed that the school district has reached a major milestone in its employee vaccination efforts.
“As of this Saturday, all employees have the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Baker said.
LBUSD has approximately 12,000 employees and is the largest employer in the city. Long Beach has been hailed by California Governor Gavin Newsom as a leader in immunization of teachers.
According to LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou, the district has provided employees with more than 6,200 vaccine reservations to date.
“It’s in addition to many employees who have been vaccinated by other means,” said Eftychiou, who said the district did not have those numbers. The school district does not require teachers to be vaccinated before returning to school.
Some employees Criticized the district When they first provided vaccinations because the process did not prioritize teachers who were already in the classroom or expected to return soon. But according to the district, that has changed since then.
“We have been sending appointments to our employees in a targeted manner, starting with the previous grade. We have already graduated from high school and are offering multiple appointment opportunities,” said Eftychiou. Stated. “At some point we will be saturated with demand among people.”
LBUSD is far ahead of its neighbors in this effort. Los Alamitos Unified is under the jurisdiction of Orange County and was added to the list of teachers eligible for vaccination last week.Compton Unified, scheduled to reopen next week, will open employees Vaccination Clinic on March 9th..
According to Baker, the speed at which LBUSD vaccinates employees is a result of the city’s own health department, which has long worked with LBUSD, releasing teachers as soon as the state permits it.
“It’s a great story to tell because the collaboration existed before the vaccine existed,” she said.
LBUSD plans to reopen primary school on March 29, and LBUSD deputy police officer Tiffany Brown said the district had submitted a reopening plan to the city’s health department earlier this week. The state’s reopening guidelines require an “approval body” to approve the reopening plan, and Mr Brown said the district has worked with the Department of Health on the plan.
“We are waiting for approval, preferably by the weekend,” she said. “If we need to change things, we will do it in sufficient time to resubmit and get approval.”
The school district also said school-specific information about plans to reopen elementary schools, including the school day schedule, will be released Thursday afternoon.
“Our school is ready and ready to physically reopen,” said Brian Moskovitz, LBUSD’s primary school superintendent. “They have PPEs, protocols and signs in place. At 4 pm Thursday, all parents, guardians, and families receive more information from the principal. Parents receive more information from the principal. You need to have a very good understanding of what it looks like in the classroom. “
Middle school and high school are scheduled to reopen in April, but the coronavirus infection rate in Los Angeles County needs to subside a little more before it is allowed. LA County needs to reach the benchmark of just seven new daily infections per 100,000 inhabitants to get a green light. Currently it is 7.2, but the number is steadily decreasing.
The next LBUSD Board of Education meeting will be on March 17th.