TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) - Arkansas schools reopened this week following the holiday break. COVID-19 safety procedures are still in place and soon teachers and staff will get another layer of protection.
Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Fairview Elementary School in Texarkana, Ark. is Virtual Wednesday. It is where teachers like Samantha Marlar give parents an update on their children’s progress, but it was progress the state of Arkansas is making that had Marlar talking today.
“A lot of teachers across the nation have been concerned about returning to the classroom so I’m glad they are going to make that available to us,” says Marlar.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has included teachers in Phase 1b to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The governor expects distribution of the vaccine to begin in early February.
Bryan McDonald is the principal at Fairview Elementary. Bryan said he didn’t expect the vaccine would be made available to teachers so soon but that he welcomes the opportunity.
“I think it sends a very good message from the state that we value the hard work that teachers have been doing,” said McDonald.
School leaders say they will conduct a staff survey to determine the number of employees who want to take the vaccine.
“I just hope that it’s effective and that way our students and parents who have been hesitant about returning to school, maybe it will ease their mind and they will be able to return to school in person,” says Marlar.