Sherman ISD urges Gov. Abbott to consider teachers front line workers

The Sherman ISD school board passed a resolution urging Gov. Greg Abbott to consider teachers...
The Sherman ISD school board passed a resolution urging Gov. Greg Abbott to consider teachers front line workers.(KXII)
Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM CST
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - The Sherman ISD school board passed a resolution this week to send a letter urging Governor Greg Abbott to consider teachers as front line workers.

Sherman ISD superintendent David Hicks said he wants school staff to be considered front line workers so they are prioritized for the vaccine if they want it.

He said education will not stop with the pandemic.

“We know that our kids learn best if they’re in front of a teacher and with a teacher at school, and we know from our work over the first semester, our kids want to be here and our teachers want them at school,” Hicks said.

Hicks said that’s why the district passed a resolution at their latest school board meeting advocating for their employees to be considered front line workers.

“We work with thousands of kids, we’re interacting with the public on a daily basis and we wanted to encourage the governor to designate our staff as front line workers so that if they want to get the Corona vaccine, they can much sooner than otherwise,” Hicks said.

Hicks said it would help keep kids in the classroom, and give teachers peace of mind.

“It just places a priority on our staff to encourage and reinforce how important they are, not only in education but to the well-being of our kids,” Hicks said.

And Sherman ISD is not alone. Dozens of districts across the Lone Star state are calling on Governor Greg Abbott to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccinations.

“We’ve joined with teacher organizations and professional educator associations to advocate for this,” Hicks said.

Hicks said it would be a step toward normalcy in the classroom and prioritizing education.

“This is an effort really to make sure they have all resources to stay healthy and to stay safe and keep teaching our kids,” Hicks said.

Denison ISD said they are considering doing the same, but have not confirmed whether or not it will be on the school board agenda next month.

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