SDUSD President Richard Barrera disagrees with Newsom, says all teachers need to be vaccinated

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced a multibillion-dollar deal today aimed at enticing schools to resume in-person instruction for young students by April 1, but previously existing San Diego Unified plans for COVID vaccinations of teachers and reduced transmission rates make it unlikely the district will meet that date.

The deal — which still needs formal legislative approval — would create a $2 billion incentive pool, with money doled out to schools that reopen campuses for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade, as well as high-need students of all ages. The money will go toward safety improvements, such as ventilation systems and protective equipment.

The proposal does not order schools to reopen, but schools that fail to do so by April 1 will lose a percentage of their funds for every day they miss the deadline.

San Diego Unified School District leaders announced last week they set a targeted date of April 12 to allow students of all grade levels to return to the classroom — provided the county drops into the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system — nearly a year after the district closed its schools due to the pandemic.

Plus, San Diego Unified wants ALL teachers AND school staff to be vaccinated before returning, bringing that April 12 target date into question.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s school reopening plan doesn’t require all teachers to be vaccinated, but Board of Education President Richard Barrera told KUSI’s Lauren Phinney that he disagrees with that.

SDUSD will try to vaccinate all teachers and staff prior to April 12, with hopes to have students back in the classroom on April 12, 2021.

Richard Barrera discussed their reopening plan in more detail with KUSI’s Lauren Phinney on Good Morning San Diego.

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