As teachers return to school this week, and students joining them next week, we still do not know whether vaccines will be mandated for teachers and staff in Watertown Public Schools.
We do know that the CDC, state government, and the largest teachers union in Massachusetts are all recommending school staff be vaccinated. Medical professionals, including Dr. Fauci, are saying that the best way to protect children under 12 who are not yet vaccinated is to surround them with vaccinated people. Many school districts have already put this common sense requirement in place.
We are fortunate to be in a community where the majority of adults are vaccinated, including the majority of teachers. But, the data from the last 18 months show that when there was Covid-19 transmission in schools, it was usually driven by unvaccinated school staff. WPS students deserve to have their health protected by the adults around them and cannot afford to miss more school unnecessarily.
As a parent, a Watertown citizen, and a School Committee candidate, I urge our district to show our commitment to the safety and education of students by choosing to mandate vaccines for all adults in the school buildings.
Watertown Parent and School Committee Candidate