KANSAS CITY, MO – Vaccines from Truman Medical Centers and Children’s Mercy Hospital say they will be busy vaccinating Missouri teachers for the next six weeks.
Approximately 500 Kansas City Public Schools teachers received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Manual Career Tech Center, as some were returning to classrooms today as well.
In addition to Kansas City, about 10,000 teachers from northern Kansas City, Raytown, Hickman Mills, Independence, and Fort Osage are expected to be vaccinated over the next three weeks. The teachers told FOX 4 they had waited a long time for this day.
“It’s definitely on everyone’s mind, the safety of teachers and our students,” said Katie Hoyt, a teacher at Northeast Middle School, after receiving her first shot. “We feel prepared. We have been trained. We have taken all measures and prepared everything according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines. ”
KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell expects full-time personal training to return sometime in May.
As in many Missouri school districts, KCPS plans to add one week to the school year, extend the summer programs, and add nine days to the school calendar for the next year to fill in gaps and mistakes in distance learning.
“I feel safe now, especially after getting the first dose of the vaccine,” said Hoyt.
The vaccines go a long way towards allowing parents to focus more on their work and careers rather than being home educators.
About 95% of Missouri schools already offer face-to-face lessons.