Article By: Jasmine Alvarez
Now that we are nearing the one year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, vaccines have begun to roll out to the public. That being said, many teachers, students and staff are wondering when in-person learning can actually begin again? And when teachers will be vaccinated and safe to get back to work? As of now, most teachers are still waiting on their vaccinations, even though they were told they would be placed in a higher tier, giving them faster access to them.
SRHS junior Amy Genolio, who has received her vaccination, has her thoughts on the matter.. Genolio said, “Well I’m so grateful to have received the vaccine early; it makes me feel like I am doing my part in making the world a safer place.” When asked about her opinion on the vaccine distribution, Genolio said, “I completely agree and understand why they are prioritizing elderly people first, I think it’s important to keep them safe. But I think that when Trump was in office it wasn’t taken as seriously and he wasn’t demanding orders responsibly. Now that Biden is in office I feel much more hopeful because he is so much more organized and motivated to make changes.”
Genolio shared her thoughts on reopening schools as soon as possible, saying, “As much as I want to go back to school, I think that we should stay safe and wait until August to return. If we do return to school, all teachers must be vaccinated, and the School Board has to come up with a decent enough plan, and I don’t see that happening in two months. But I am hopeful.”
Although people are getting vaccinated, we must take precautions because COVID-19 is still very prevalent and dangerous. We can only do our part in ending COVID-19 by taking preventative measures such as wearing masks, limiting gatherings and social distancing.