Governor Gavin Newsom’s “Safe Schools for All” plan to reopen schools by February faces criticisms as teacher unions want their teachers to be vaccinated before returning to classrooms.
The “Safe Schools for All” plan called for $2 billion to reopen while school districts submitted a detailed plan on reopening by Feb. 1. No action was taken by the Legislature as the deadline passed.
Newsom has stated that it would not be possible to vaccinate all teachers and school employees as there are not enough vaccines to inoculate before the school year ends.
“It’s very unlikely that we’ll be able to accomplish that very idealistic goal before the end of the school year because of the scarcity of supply in vaccinations. That’s the unfortunate position we’re all in,” Newsom said at a press conference.
“The vaccination rollout has been frustrating,” says history teacher and union president Mark Mladinich. “Educators are going to be eligible for vaccinations starting Feb. 8, but the supply is limited, so there are no guarantees when Castro Valley staff will be able to receive the vaccinations.”
The current plan for CVUSD is to reopen elementary schools first after Alameda County remains in the red tier for two weeks.
“That is all we know as of now. In the meantime, we hope that everyone follows the safety guidelines and stays healthy,” said Mladinich.