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San Francisco Teachers Union agrees to teach in-person after city threatens to sue school district

It only took a threat of a lawsuit to get San Francisco teachers on board with going back to school. 

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It only took a threat of a lawsuit to get San Francisco teachers on board with going back to school. 

No, not concerns over the wellbeing of the students and their education, a lawsuit. 

The San Francisco Unified School District said that it had come to a tentative agreement with a group of unions on Sunday, stipulating that schools can return to in-person learning once the city moves to the red tier. 

Currently, the Bay Area region is in the purple tear of California’s COVID classification system, meaning the virus is still widespread, the Daily Caller reports. Teachers would also need to be vaccinated prior to returning to classrooms. 

But, if vaccines aren’t readily available, schools would reopen once the city enters the orange tier or anything lower. 

“The tentative agreement addresses the health and safety standards necessary for the return of students at all grade levels, preschool through 12, and the parties have agreed to meet and confer on any additional negotiable impacts of the District’s plans for the return of middle and high school students,” the statement says. 

President of the United Educators of San Francisco Susan Solomon explained the plan. 

“Now we need city and state officials to step up and make vaccines available to school staff now, while UESF continues to focus on finalizing agreements around classroom instruction,s schedules, and continuing to improve remote learning for the students and families who choose not to return even with these standards in place,” she said. 

Two days before the agreement, city attorney Dennis Herrera announced plans to sue the San Francisco Board of Education and SFUSD for violating a state law requiring districts to establish a clear plan during the pandemic that details actions they will take to move toward “classroom-based instruction whenever possible,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports. 

Herrera blasted the school district for “ambiguous, empty rhetoric.” 

Roughly 14,000 students were expected to return to school between January and March as part of a reopening plan for the youngest and most vulnerable students. 

But, the school district and teachers union failed to agree.

Some union members even threatened a strike if schools move to reopen before teachers are vaccinated. 

This sounds all too familiar: a similar situation is going on in Chicago, where the teachers union seems to be running the show with no regard for the students. 

Indeed, the coronavirus lockdowns are hitting K-12 students particularly hard. Not only are they being robbed of an in-person education, they are missing out on critical emotional development and social interaction. A CDC study found that across the country between April and October of 2020, the percentage of emergency room mental health visits increased by 24 percent for those between the ages of five and 11, and 31 percent for those between the ages of 12 and 17, Business Insider reports. 

It is critical that schools return to in person learning, as science encourages. 

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  1. Sherie

    February 9, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    The only problem I have with schools opening again is they are going to be taught to hate America.

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Biden Admin Announces First COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Likely By June 21

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On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that children under 5 will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if regulators authorize the shots for this age group as expected.

According to the Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha “said the Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.”

Jha added that states can begin placing orders for the pediatric vaccines on Friday and the administration will initially have 10 million doses available.

“Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment,” Jha said. “At the end of the day we all want to move fast, but we’ve got to get it right.”

The news comes the week after Pfizer announced that three doses of their vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 in children under 5.  However, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a third dose is unnecessary because the vaccines do not prevent infection.

“I think the decision matrix has changed around the vaccine for [ages] 6 months to 4 years old and so far as we know that the vaccine isn’t as protective at preventing infection,” Gottlieb said. “Previously, we had data showing that the childhood vaccine for 6 months to 4 years wasn’t as protective against infection as the adult vaccine.”

“That’s the reason why they pushed it out and asked for that third dose. But now, if the goal of the vaccine is to get baseline immunity in the kids to prevent really bad outcomes, and you’re really not using the vaccine as a tool to prevent infection in the first place, two doses could do that,” he added.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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