TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Educators across the state are hoping they will soon be in the demographic to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, COVID vaccinations are dispensed based on age, and are available to first responders and health care workers. South Vermillion Community School Corporation Superintendent Dave Chapman says teachers are vulnerable.
“When the kids go home and they go about their business with their families and such, there’s no control the schools have over that,” said Chapman. “We are somewhat vulnerable as educators when those kids come back to exposure. That’s created a problem for educators all across the board.”
Bloomfield School District Superintendent Dr. Trent Lehman says COVID spread has impacted his school system.
“We did have our biggest outbreak coming back from Christmas break and we had to do a full week of virtual learning because of that because our local cases were higher than they’ve ever been,” said Dr. Lehman. “This latest one was a combination of staff and students.”
Making sure teachers remain in classrooms with their students is a goal for these superintendents but to do so safely is just as important.
“If we have to shut down schools because of quarantining issues, that means our kids have to stay home. If their parents work, who’s watching these the kids,” questioned Chapman. “It puts an undue burden on the parents as well. There’s more of an impact.”
Both superintendents say they hope the state will allow all educators to be vaccinated sooner than later.