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File #: 210130    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/11/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/18/2021
Title: Supporting the City's plan to prioritize vaccinations for returning teachers, administrators, and school employees at large, and urging the City to follow through on the plan in a responsible and efficient manner in order to regain public trust.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21013000, 2. Signature21013000
Title
Supporting the City's plan to prioritize vaccinations for returning teachers, administrators, and school employees at large, and urging the City to follow through on the plan in a responsible and efficient manner in order to regain public trust.

Body
WHEREAS, On Monday, February 9, the City announced a partnership with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to vaccinate all teachers and school staff at the end of February; and

WHEREAS, The City says the plan will cover all district, charter, independent, and parochial schools, and include teachers and staff that reside outside of Philadelphia but work in a City school; and

WHEREAS, There has been national concern over the potentially irreparable effects on the cognitive and social development of children while they remain out of school; and

WHEREAS, President Biden recently said that long-term school closures constituted a national emergency, adding, "I think it's time for schools to reopen safely... I think they're going through a lot, these kids"; and

WHEREAS, The detrimental effects of school closures have disproportionally impacted low-income students that may not have internet access, and may rely on going to school for safety or food; and

WHEREAS, Many private and parochial schools in Philadelphia have been back in the classroom for months, while district students have been falling behind; and

WHEREAS, It is important to vaccinate all teachers and staff across Philadelphia, but it is vital for the City to move swiftly and efficiently toward getting vaccinations to district teachers and staff so that public school students can get back into the classroom; and

WHEREAS, With the district aiming to bring back 9,000 students on February 22, there is no time to waste in putting this plan into action; and

WHEREAS, The public has complied with ongoing public health restrictions in order to protect one another until vaccines are ready to be distributed; and

WHEREAS, That moment has a...

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