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Glendale Unified Facilitating Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccines for Teachers and Staff Prior to Reopening Schools

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MEDIA RELEASE

Glendale Unified School District


Media Contact:
GUSD Public Information Office 
Kristine Nam, Communications Director
(818) 241-3111 x1218

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Distribution Date: February 23, 2021 

 

Glendale Unified Facilitating Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccines
for Teachers and Staff Prior to Reopening Schools 

 

GLENDALE, CA – Glendale Unified School District is diligently working with local healthcare partners to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are easily accessible for teachers and staff who want to be vaccinated as soon as supplies become available. Los Angeles County plans to open vaccines to Phase 1b, Tier 1, including education sector employees, beginning in March.


Based on public health guidelines, Glendale Unified is preparing for the careful and deliberate return of elementary students for on-campus instruction by the end of March. The District has already facilitated vaccine appointments for approximately 850 employees and is on track to have vaccination appointments scheduled for all employees who are currently reporting to a work location or are scheduled to return when elementary schools reopen, including elementary teachers and all classified employees, by the first week in March. Vaccination appointments are voluntary for all employees.


In January, Glendale Unified surveyed all employees to gauge their interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine once state and county guidelines would allow. Fifty-six percent of employees responded to the survey and 77 percent of respondents indicated they were interested in receiving the vaccine. The district used this data to implement an equity driven prioritization plan to facilitate vaccination appointments for employees. As opportunities for vaccination become available, the district is prioritizing employees whose current job functions require them to report to work in person and interact with children and the public putting them at higher risk for infection.


“Student and employee health and safety is our top priority. Our Board of Education and district leadership are committed to proactively facilitating vaccine appointments for all employees who wish to be vaccinated as quickly as possible to ensure a safe return to on-campus instruction,” said Glendale Unified Board of Education President Dr. Armina Gharpetian.


“We are incredibly grateful to our local healthcare partners who have generously committed their time and energy to help us facilitate vaccine appointments for teachers and staff, who are essential workers, as we prepare to return our elementary students for in-person learning,” said Glendale Unified Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian.


Media inquiries, please contact Kristine Nam at (818) 241-3111 x1218 or knam@gusd.net.

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