Teachers are reporting they are ready for full classroom instruction. This move comes after availability of OVID-19 vaccination is gaining momentum across cities and states. At initial stage of reopening of classrooms nationwide, teachers became concerned about returning to work saying they will not return unless safety precautions are in place, COVID-19 vaccinations are available to all teachers. Since the rate of COVID-19 cases is a its lowest, and many teachers have received vaccinations, they are ready for full classroom instruction.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers had resisted fully reopening most of the school year, saying many schools needed better safety against COVID-19 spread, resources, and community trust. However, earlier this month her message changed to fully reopen in person in the fall—pointing to improved conditions. She said representative of every chapter voted unanimously in favor of it and cited 89% of educators in her union have been fully vaccinated or want to be.
“The vaccines were the game-changer and the last piece of the puzzle for a full reopening Ms. Weingarten said.
The national Education Association, the largest teacher s union also said that schools should get back to in-person instruction this fall.