The school superintendents of Clark County’s two largest districts are calling on Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Health leaders to give higher COVID-19 vaccine prioritization to educators and school personnel — before they return to the classroom.
In a joint letter signed Monday night, Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino and Steve Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools, request all pre-K-12 educators, school leaders and support staff be included in the state’s next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, which is in February.
Currently, Phase 1-B2 of the state’s four-tier plan prioritizes people 70 years and older, and 50 years and older in multigenerational households, along with K-12 educators and school staff older than 50. Educators and staff younger than 50 may have to wait until at least April, as part of Phase 1-B4, to receive a vaccine.
Roughly half of the districts’ workforce is 50 or older, the letter stated.
“To safeguard our employees as we expand in-person learning to middle and high school students,” the letter read, in part, “it is necessary to vaccinate educators, school leaders and support staff.”