Yesterday Gov. Sununu moved ski patrol to Phase 1B for the COVID-19 vaccine. New Hampshire teachers, despite CDC guidelines, remain in Phase 2. In light of the scheduling changes, teachers should be moved up too.
A Few Thoughts:
- The governor is a part of the ownership of Waterville Valley, a ski resort in the White Mountains;
- I have nothing against ski patrol – I love to ski. Yes they are a type of first responder. Of course they should be vaccinated. But right now BEFORE teachers?
- The governor said schools need to “dig deep” to offer in person learning.
- The most significant driver of NH schools being remote is because of an inability to staff the buildings – BECAUSE TEACHERS ARE QUARANTINING AS A RESULT OF EXPOSURE.
- If teachers are vaccinated , this would no longer be a problem, per new state guidelines, that 14 days after the 2nd vaccine, if you are exposed to COVID you don’t need to quarantine.
- Phase 2 at the earliest is March. Which means at the earliest that teachers will not be fully protected until LATE APRIL – AT THE EARLIEST.
- Therefore, in keeping teachers in Phase 2, the governor is ensuring that school districts will have no choice but to have to continue to wrestle with staffing issues , which lead to remote learning status, through the end of the school year. This is ON HIM. Not the teachers union. Not the school districts. Not teachers.
Keeping teachers in Phase 2 is a direct action of Gov Sununu, which means that if your children’s school is remote at any time from now until June, it is directly as a result of Sununu prioritizing money over our children’s education and well being. Do not blame your school district. Blame Gov Sununu.
2018 NH Teacher of the Year
Starting next Friday, January 22, individuals in Phase 1B of NH’s vaccination plan — which now includes all Granite Staters 65 and older — can begin scheduling appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.Need to see which phase you fall into? Visit vaccines.nh.gov. General questions? Visit nh.gov/covid19