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Denver to prioritize teachers at high-poverty schools for coronavirus vaccine

Mike Cammilleri, a dean at Cheltenham Elementary School, where 94% of students qualify for subsidized school meals, is slated to get his first vaccine dose on Monday

A vaccine vial was ready for use as critical staff at the Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Medical Offices received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 on Dec. 23, 2020, in Lone Tree. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat Colorado. More at chalkbeat.org.

Teachers in Denver’s highest-poverty schools will be first in line for the COVID-19 vaccine when eligibility for educators opens on Monday, according to the school district’s plan.

Mike Cammilleri, a dean at Cheltenham Elementary School, where 94% of students qualify for subsidized school meals, is slated to get his first vaccine dose on Monday.

“Anything that gets us a step closer to what we used to call normal is progress in my mind,” Cammilleri said of his decision to get vaccinated.

Most Colorado school districts have offered in-person learning to at least some grades for most of the school year, and the districts that closed buildings in November and December as COVID-19 cases surged are back in person now, even without vaccines.

Gov. Jared Polis has repeatedly said he thinks classrooms are relatively safe. But in response to demand from educators, Polis moved them up in the state’s priority line for vaccines.

Read more at chalkbeat.org.

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