KIPP Texas CEO Sehba Ali joined with education leaders from across the state in urging Texas health officials to prioritize teachers and school-based employees by including them on the Phase 1A: Second-Tier vaccine distribution list.
“Educators have gone above and beyond throughout this pandemic to support their students,” said Ali. “They know how important it is to get our students back in classrooms, and they deserve to feel safe in their work. Along with frontline health care workers and elderly Texans, teachers and school employees must be prioritized,” said Ali.
The Texas Education Association requires all public school districts to offer in-person instruction for all students who request it in order to continue receiving state funding. The mandate ensures that families wanting in-person classes have the option for children to return to campuses during the pandemic.
We agree with our fellow school leaders at the Texas Urban Council who wrote Governor Abbott earlier this week to prioritize teachers in the initial distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. At KIPP Texas, we believe that learning happens best for our students in person and this is a way to encourage more and more children to come back in person while keeping teachers safe.
Click here to read the letter to Governor Abbott from the CEOs of KIPP Texas, Uplift Education,YES Prep and IDEA Public Schools.