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National teachers union says COVID-19 vaccine distribution needs to be aligned with reopening schools – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-02-10 23:21:32 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) —One of the country’s largest teachers’ unions has released what is called a blueprint for the safe reopening of schools.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) states that one of the most important steps the state can take is to align the reopening school with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution method.To A series of case studies According to the AFT, the union states that distribution should cover disparities between districts.

This is what the Palmet Teachers Association (PSTA) has fought in South Carolina.

“I don’t think the district is capable of solving this problem because it’s not a vaccinated district,” said Patrick Kelly, a PSTA spokesman. “They don’t have public health infrastructure. Here we need state-level leadership and coordination.”

In addition to coordinating with vaccine efforts, the AFT also requires that one in five school students and staff be tested weekly to define a quarantine policy. The union also proposes to increase ventilation and reduce the number of classrooms.

PSTA states that the personal protective equipment given to some districts was not appropriate.

“We know that many of the plexiglass shields used around the state aren’t that high quality,” says Kelly. “They aren’t as tall as DHEC recommends. They’re falling apart. Many face covers issued to teachers aren’t the depth and quality you’d expect.”

CDC said on Wednesday Anyone who is fully vaccinated does not need to be quarantined when exposed to a person with COVID-19.

According to PSTA, instruction is why vaccines are important to prevent the problem of not having enough teachers to take some classes.

“We continue to churn and inconsistent staff. That is, students may be able to walk the school door, but have access to the complete educational experience we want. You can’t, in the classroom, “Kelly said.

CBS News Report The CDC will provide operational strategies and guidelines for the safe reopening of schools later this week.

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