January 12, 2021
Dear Parkway Staff,
I wanted to update you on COVID-19 vaccine availability for Parkway employees.
We will continue to work to ensure the vaccine is available for all staff who want to be vaccinated. We have developed a plan to make the vaccine accessible to all Parkway staff on-site at school or work. If our plans are approved, we will be ready as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
In the past several weeks, local hospitals and our health department have begun vaccinating people in Phase 1A which includes front-line healthcare workers and school nurses. The remainder of school staff is still classified as Phase 1B and will be vaccinated next.
There has been some misinformation in the news from the local COVID-19 Task Force about teachers being in Phase 1A. This is untrue and has since been corrected. Please see this news article.
When the local health department and state authorize Phase 1B to begin, teachers, operations and support staff working in educational settings will have the opportunity to receive a vaccine. This includes every person working in education for a school or district. For Parkway that means all employees - teachers, special educators, bus drivers, teaching assistants, operations, virtual teachers, etc.
In the meantime, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is inviting individuals who want a vaccine to register using this form available here. Please feel free to go ahead and register your individual interest in a vaccine using this link. We have also registered as an organization on behalf of all Parkway employees as we pursue all avenues to ensure our employees have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.
As more information becomes available, we will share updates. Thank you so much for your commitment to helping us maintain healthy learning environments. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Health Services Department or your school nurse.
Thank you so much for your commitment to helping us maintain healthy learning environments. If you have any questions, you can reach out to me or your school nurse.
Robin Wallin DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, NCSN
Director of Health Services