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Superintendents push to speed up vaccination of educators: 'We could lose a whole generation of kids'

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Superintendents from Texas, Florida, Washington, North Carolina and other states are pushing for an organized plan to vaccinate the country's teachers and school staff more quickly, in order to allow schools to open for more in-person learning.

(CNN)Superintendents from Texas, Florida, Washington, North Carolina and other states are pushing for an organized plan to vaccinate the country's teachers and school staff more quickly, in order to allow schools to open for more in-person learning.

Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in Florida, talked about his concern regarding the academic and social impact a lack of in-person learning is having on children.

Since Broward County schools reopened for some in-person learning October 9, about 30% of the district's students have opted for face-to-face instruction, according to Runcie.

During the first marking period of the 2020-21 school year, the number of students in Broward County receiving one or more failing grades is 11%, up from 4% during the first marking period a year ago, officials said.

At a smaller district in Washington state, Superintendent Susan Enfield of Highline Public Schools says she doesn't have a good answer for her staff about vaccines because of what she calls a lack of guidance from the state.

Highline Public Schools has so far only brought back special needs students for in-person learning -- about 150 students out of 17,000 in the district.

President-elect Joe Biden has said bringing back K-8 students for in-person school is a top priority for the first 100 days of his administration.

Runcie said he'd be happy to roll up his sleeve and set an example for any teachers or staff who have concerns about the vaccine.

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