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Teachers expected to move into Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine plan, Pa. task force member says – WTAE Pittsburgh

ANOTHER REOPENING PLAN. AS WE MOVE INTO THE FINAL FEW MONTHS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, SOME STUDENTS MAY FINALLY BE BACK IN THE CLASSROOMS. PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS DIVIDED ALL STUDENTS INTO FOUR CATEGORIES. CATEGORY 4 INCLUDES ALL PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENT PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 4800 STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT DEMONSTRATING PROGRESS WITH VIRTUAL LEARNING. THIS CATEGORY WILL BE BACK IN SCHOOLS APRIL 6. STUDENTS SHOWING SOME PROGRESS IN E-LEARNING WILL BE IN CATEGORY 3 RETURNING APRIL 26. THAT INCLUDES ROUGHLY 5200 STUDENTS. THE REMAINING 10,200 STUDENTS FALL INTO CATEGORIES 2 AND 1 THIS MEANS THE CHILD IS DEMONSTRATING PROGRESS AND THE DISTRICT HAS NOT IDENTIFIED A RETURN TO IN-PERSON DAY FOR THESE STUDENTS. SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR ANTHONY HAMLET SAYS THESE CATEGORIES ARE BASED OFF OF A SEMESTER’S WORTH OF DATA. THE POINTS ANALYZED FOR EACH STUDENT INCLUDE ATTENDANCE, PERFORMANCE DATA IN MATH AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, AND OTHER FACTORS. PARENTS CHIMED IN DURING LAST NIGHTS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, EXPRESSING CONCERN. >> OUR CHILDREN IN PPS ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND. THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP IS WIDENING. WE ARE LOSING FAMILIES DAILY TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS, AND OTHER DISTRICTS. WE ARE FAILING OUR CHILDREN. ELENA: THE DISTRICT WILL SEND A LETTER OUT TO PARENTS THIS WEEK TO GET FEEDBACK ABOUT THE NEW PLAN. AND PARENTS, THE DISTRICT SAYS YOU’LL KNOW WHICH CATEGORY YOUR CHILD OR CHILDREN FIT INTO BY EARLY NEXT MONTH. IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE ST

Teachers expected to move into Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine plan, Pa. task force member says

The governor is expected to move teachers into Phase 1A of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, according to an email obtained by Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.The email also said that Pennsylvania is expected to get 94,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for J&J’s single-dose vaccine.The email was sent to Pennsylvania House Republicans by state Rep. Tim O’Neal, of Washington County. O’Neal is a member of the bipartisan COVID-19 vaccine task force in Pennsylvania.In the letter, O’Neal said that he and Sen. Ryan Aument, a Lancaster County Republican and fellow task force member, stressed that getting teachers to 1A “must come with a requirement for in-person instruction.”O’Neal’s letter also said that the Pennsylvania Department of Education will issue more guidance for schools and safe opening.Neither Gov. Tom Wolf’s office nor state Democrats have made any comment regarding a possible update to Phase 1A of the vaccine plan.Last month, a coalition of education groups asked Wolf to prioritize school staff for the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an “absolutely essential” step toward reopening schools and keeping them open.In response to questions about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Allegheny Health Network told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, “At this point we do not know when we might receive the J&J vaccine, but we hope to have it soon to further support our vaccination efforts,” while UPMC said, “Based on national and state distribution models, we do not anticipate having J&J vaccine available before mid-March.”

The governor is expected to move teachers into Phase 1A of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccine plan, according to an email obtained by Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

The email also said that Pennsylvania is expected to get 94,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for J&J’s single-dose vaccine.

The email was sent to Pennsylvania House Republicans by state Rep. Tim O’Neal, of Washington County. O’Neal is a member of the bipartisan COVID-19 vaccine task force in Pennsylvania.

In the letter, O’Neal said that he and Sen. Ryan Aument, a Lancaster County Republican and fellow task force member, stressed that getting teachers to 1A “must come with a requirement for in-person instruction.”

O’Neal’s letter also said that the Pennsylvania Department of Education will issue more guidance for schools and safe opening.

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Neither Gov. Tom Wolf’s office nor state Democrats have made any comment regarding a possible update to Phase 1A of the vaccine plan.

Last month, a coalition of education groups asked Wolf to prioritize school staff for the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it an “absolutely essential” step toward reopening schools and keeping them open.

In response to questions about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Allegheny Health Network told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, “At this point we do not know when we might receive the J&J vaccine, but we hope to have it soon to further support our vaccination efforts,” while UPMC said, “Based on national and state distribution models, we do not anticipate having J&J vaccine available before mid-March.”

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