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Glendale Unified Facilitates COVID-19 Vaccines for All Teachers and Staff

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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: March 5, 2021 

 

Glendale Unified Facilitates COVID-19 Vaccines for All Teachers and Staff 

 

GLENDALE, CA – Glendale Unified School District has coordinated with local healthcare partners to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are easily accessible for teachers and staff. Los Angeles County opened vaccines to Phase 1b, Tier 1, including education sector employees, on March 1. As of Friday, March 5, Glendale Unified has facilitated vaccination appointments for all 2,600 of the District’s employees who want to be vaccinated, including teachers, classified staff, school and district administrators, athletic coaches, and classroom assistants. Vaccination appointments are voluntary for all employees. Based on public health guidelines, Glendale Unified is preparing for the careful and deliberate return of elementary students for on-campus instruction in the coming weeks.


“Ensuring our employees who wish to receive a vaccine can be vaccinated as quickly as possible is an important step to safely reopening our schools for in-person instruction,” said Glendale Unified Board of Education President Dr. Armina Gharpetian. “We are very pleased to facilitate this process for our teachers and support staff.”


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


In addition to facilitating vaccination appointments for all employees, Glendale Unified has invested 21 million dollars in CARES Act funding to ensure school and district facilities are safe for students and employees. Added health and safety measures include upgraded MERV-13 filters in all HVAC systems; HEPA filters in classrooms; touchless thermometers at entrances to all facilities; portable handwashing stations and water fountains converted to handwashing and water bottle filling stations; plexiglass desk shields and dividers; stockpiles of health and safety equipment and PPE, including touchless thermometers, face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes; directional signage in hallways; safety signage to indicate maximum occupancy and encourage mask wearing, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing; and creation of outdoor learning spaces
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Media inquiries, please contact Kristine Nam at (818) 241-3111 x1218 or knam@gusd.net.

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