COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Education Association, the Union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools, called today upon the Superintendent of Columbus City Schools to ensure that the initial round of COVID-19 Vaccination is available to all Columbus City Schools employees prior to a return to blended learning. A date of February 1, 2021 was announced by the CCS Superintendent today for a return to the blended learning model.

“Our members want nothing more than to return to in-person instruction as soon as safely possible. This means that the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations must be available to each returning Columbus City Schools employee prior to our students returning to blended learning,” said CEA President John Coneglio. “The news of the discovery of a more infectious variant of COVID-19 here in Ohio on the very same day that a return to blended learning was announced only underscores the need to vaccinate first. Lives are at stake.”

Prior to emergency approval of the current COVID-19 vaccines, CEA negotiated a comprehensive 2020-2021 School Year Memorandum of Understanding with the District which includes specific, contractually enforceable health and safety protocols that must be in place during various models of instruction, including blended learning. CEA’s number one priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our entire school community.

The Columbus Education Association is the Union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools. The Columbus Education Association is a proud affiliate of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

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