Watch the protracted fight in Chicago between public school teachers and the city’s government over school reopening. Watch the mixed messaging coming out of the Biden administration over the necessity of vaccinating teachers before public schools can safely reopen.

And then be grateful to watch the collaboration of Oak Park’s village government, its teachers and public schools as mass vaccinations of our educators is now fully underway. Last Saturday, the OPRF Field House was the mass vaccination site for the first round of shots in arms for our teachers. The field house will host vaccinations next Saturday, too.

With the high rates of effectiveness being demonstrated by the current vaccines, it can only raise confidence among every stakeholder in our essential public schools to see teachers line up for shots.

A critical step toward moving past this hard and, for many students, lost year of education. 

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