BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – In a 5-3 vote, the East Baton Rouge school district is requiring staff to show vaccination status and get tested weekly for COVID-19 — a move the teachers union is standing behind.
Angela Reams Brown is the president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers, she believes that the measures put in place will bridge the gap that currently exists.
“It’s bigger than vaccines and testing, it’s about furthering education,” said Brown.
Some said the school board’s decision is asking too much of teachers, while others said it is a violation of privacy. Brown disagrees.
“We have numerous EBR employees that have died from this virus,” said Brown. “I would hope that everyone employed by this district would be willing to take the step up.”
Brown said as an educator she understands the sacrifices that must be made as a teacher.
“It’s nothing new to have to do something extra, there are always things that are not in the job description that we must do as educators,” said Brown.
The approved vote also puts a responsibility on parents, giving them the option to have their children regularly tested as well. Brown said the weight of safety cannot be carried by teachers alone.
The vaccine was made available a year ago to all teachers with the hope they’d all be vaccinated by now, but Brown hopes that with this new measure, everyone will comply.