School Board Requests Governor to Prioritize Vaccination of Education Professionals
The Loudoun County School Board requested Gov. Ralph Northam to prioritize the vaccination of education professionals through a resolution passed on Thursday, January 7, during a special school Board Meeting for presentation of the Superintendent's Proposed FY 2022 Budget.
The resolution was passed in advance of a meeting of Virginia’s Advisory Group on Monday, January 11. The School Board’s resolution asks the Advisory Group to prioritize the vaccination of Virginia’s educators and support staff alongside the first responders in the Commonwealth identified as phase 1b by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The resolution also asks the Advisory Group to provide a specific time frame for the commencement and completion of vaccinations.
The resolution was passed unanimously among the School Board members present.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Dr. Asia Jones told the School Board that the 40-plus registered nurses in LCPS’ Student Health Services Team would receive online and in-person training from the Loudoun County Health Department in the administration of the vaccine. This would allow LCPS to set up one or more vaccination Points of Distribution (PODs) specifically for LCPS staff members. The PODs would operate simultaneously with other PODs set up for first responders and others included in phase 1b. Of the employees in the education professionals category, 96.49 percent work in schools supporting LCPS’ 81,500 students.
The School Board resolution states that “the Loudoun County School Board is committed to ensuring that the students of Loudoun County Public Schools are able to return to our school buildings as soon as it is safe to do so.”