1/5/21 – UPDATE: Safer return action tomorrow & Vaccine update from CDPHE

Tomorrow’s JCEA action – Join us once your contract hours/contact day is done

Use your professional judgement on when to arrive tomorrow. We will be on site at 3:00 pm to help paint and decorate cars from anyone who is able to join us. We will likely shift the start time of our speakers back slightly to after 4pm – If your contract hours extend past 4:30 join us for the next action!

Our plan is to be wrapped up by 4:30 – if we do need to push back our start time a bit we will be sure to wrap up before dusk.

Tomorrow’s rally and car parade is one step in what may prove to be a quickly escalating coordinated action plan. The goal is a safer return to in-person learning.

Our honest and genuine hope is that COVID-19 cases rapidly decline and that vaccinations roll out rapidly and broadly – both will have immense influence on the safety of our students, educators, schools and community. Data has clearly proven that COVID-19 rates outside of schools directly impact the rate of cases within our schools – educators and students must have community support and actions to flatten the curve. Join us tomorrow to advocate for safety and a safer return to in-person learning.

Jeffco students, educators and families deserve a safe and sustainable plan.

State health department sends clarification on vaccine roll out

We have heard from many of you asking about when, where and how educators will be offered vaccinations for COVID-19. This afternoon the Denver Post reported an update on Colorado’s vaccination schedule and further clarification from the state health department about when educators may expect to be vaccinated (those in high risk categories may have priority based on your healthcare needs).

We will certainly to continue to advocate for a clear vaccination plan for Jeffco educators and encourage all Coloradans to continue to follow the recommendations to lower COVID-19 spread in our communities – we all have a part to play in how rates rise or fall moving forward.

From the Denver Post:

Colorado teachers, essential workers won’t be vaccinated until after people 70 and older. Confusion over vaccine rollout continues a week after changes to the state’s plan

“Amid confusion over Colorado’s vaccination plan, the state health department clarified Tuesday that essential workers, including teachers, should not be inoculated against COVID-19 until after health care workers, first responders and people 70 and older receive their shots.

The state agency sent a letter to providers further illuminating Colorado’s vaccine priorities as at least two Denver-area school districts announced they would begin vaccinating teachers as early as next week — plans that those districts’ local health department said must now be halted.”

Read the entire article here: https://www.denverpost.com/2021/01/05/colorado-covid-vaccine-confusion/

From CDPHE:

“We anticipate finishing the majority of remaining phase 1A healthcare workers around January 15, 2021. Based on current vaccine supply, we anticipate completing vaccination for moderate risk healthcare workers, first responders and adults 70 and older around Feb 28, 2021 and have set a Wildly Important Goal of vaccinating 70% of adults age 70 and older by this date. We need everyone to focus on vaccinating these critical populations while ensuring no dose goes to waste. If faced with a choice of wasting vaccine doses or vaccinating someone earlier, providers should choose to vaccinate someone earlier.

Once we are done with these groups, we need to be ready to vaccinate frontline essential workers, including teachers and childcare workers. While local public health agencies focus on vaccination of these more targeted groups, we are asking them to begin planning and scheduling for post-February 28 administration of vaccines to reach frontline

essential workers in your county(ies), including education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public transit and specialized transportation staff, grocery, public health, frontline essential human service workers, direct care providers for Coloradans experiencing homelessness, and frontline journalists.”

Read the CDPHE communication in full here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v09OIZYXRQCeSDgZ5DLtk6Qbtg_U1eEN/view

Meetings & collective actions coming up this week: Sign up HERE!

January 6th – Car parade and rally for a safe and sustainable plan – RSVP on our form for time, location and further details RSVP HERE.

January 7th – Rock your yellow online or in person! Post photos on social media and share in our JCEA #RedforEd Facebook group. Use the hashtags below:

#Onlywhenitssafe
#PivotTowardsSafety
#TeamJeffco
#JCEAProud

Attend the virtual board of education meeting at 6:00 pm to support your colleagues giving public comment. Solidarity is simple with virtual attendance!

January 8th – Pre-k – 5th grade educator action meeting at 4:30 pm – you MUST register in advance to attend. Our focus will be current COVID rates in our community, health and safety and action steps moving forward.

When: Jan 8, 2021 04:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://coloradoea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqceypqDsoGNTAZAEG2kvqxl1xqOQSJoON