WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Marion County Public Schools urges DeSantis to prioritize school workers for vaccination


The Marion County School Board and superintendent have written Gov. Ron DeSantis, urging him to prioritize teachers and other front-line school workers for COVID-19 vaccinations.

They acknowledge the state’s focus on seniors and health care workers but argue that school employees should be next.

Some 87 percent of Marion County students are back in school in person now.

And the educational impacts of coronavirus cases and quarantines have added up. Students have lost more than 83,000 classroom days and employees nearly 10,000 days at work.

The letter asks that all school employees be classified as essential workers as far as vaccines are concerned, with a priority for those with direct student contact, like teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria staff.

Marion County is not the first to press this issue. Florida educators have been pleading with the governor for several weeks now.

In January, Lake County Schools sent off a similar letter, noting the governor’s belief in the importance of, quote, “instructional continuity.” The letter says the best way to get there is to prioritize those front-line workers for vaccination.


Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

GET THE LATEST
Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Joe Byrnes

About Joe Byrnes

Reporter

Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.

TOP