KANSAS CITY, MO. – Teachers in Kansas will soon be getting more vaccines just for them, while teachers in Missouri continue to wonder when it will be their turn.
For many educators in Kansas, this is welcome news. This is especially true of elementary school teachers, many of whom have been teaching full-time for months. And since many Kansas lawmakers want all children to be back in full-time school by the end of March, this is another step in making that possible.
“We all know the virtual school is not ideal,” said Laura Kelly, Kansas governor.
The Democratic Governor expressed her support yesterday evening so that the children can learn personally again as soon as possible. To do this, she announced plans to free up any additional vaccine doses and reserve tens of thousands specifically for teachers. The state is also sending free rapid test materials to schools to help them better identify students who may have the virus.
Thousands of teachers in Kansas have already been vaccinated. These extra doses should speed up the process.
It’s a far cry from what’s happening in Missouri. While many special education teachers have already been vaccinated, other teachers are still waiting. You’re next, but Missouri Republican governor Mike Parson hasn’t opened vaccines to teachers yet.
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He said it could be mid-March before he does. His argument is that the spread of viruses in schools appears to be low and his administration is focused on vaccinating the elderly, health workers and first responders. That could slow the reopening of schools in Missouri.
Back in Kansas, officials make a point of reopening schools as soon as possible as many children fall academically and struggle mentally.
“The emphasis on vaccinating K-12 teachers and staff, the free testing materials, and continued adherence to other mitigation strategies will enable us to safely get students back into personal study,” said Governor Kelly.
Kansas expects an additional 25,000 cans starting next week. While it will take a few weeks to reach all teachers, the extra doses should help speed the process.
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