Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Should Teachers Be Required To Get Flu Shots?

  
We've heard a lot about flu shots becoming mandatory for health care workers. Of course, we need them to be healthy to care for those who fall ill with the flu or other health problems.

But what about school teachers? They spend their day with many in the age group most affected by swine flu - those under age 25.

<< --- NEW POLL !!

ISN'T IT A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE FLU SHOTS MANDATORY FOR SCHOOL STAFF?

Let's do it ... for the kids ;)
  

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since taxpayers, many of whom are parents, are footing the bill for their health care and their sick days, HELL YES they should be required to get vaccinated!

CoffeeReady said...

Slippery sloap...no one should be told to get a flu shot! There is always someone paying a part of employee sponsered health care...and we sould not loose our right to choose what we put into our bodies!

SCATS said...

To Coffee ~~ There are many cases where we have already lost that "right." I've read about cases where OB/GYNs have taken pregnant patients to court because they were drinking, smoking or doing drugs while pregnant.

We are requiring health care workers to get flu shots now. Already, many of them are required to get hepatitis shots and other vaccines to hold their jobs.

I know people who work in group homes with mentally disabled adults and they are required to have a number of vaccinations.

And let's not forget that our school children have become veritable pin cushions with the number of REQUIRED immunizations they must have before setting foot inside the school's door!

Anonymous said...

I think the vast majority of teachers do get vaccinated. They have to protect themselves against the little germ/virus carriers that walk into the classrooms everyday ;)

Anonymous said...

There's absolutely no logical reason why teachers shouldn't get flu shots! It protects them. It protects their families. It protects everyone in their classrooms. It should be mandatory. Period.

Anonymous said...

"We are requiring health care workers to get flu shots now."

The nurses union is fighting it. I don't think it's completely a done deal.

Has GTA announced if they're opposing it or are they on board?

Anonymous said...

To 9:02PM ~~ This is my idea. I have no reason to believe GTA is contemplating this one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no offense but what's the point then in talking about it if it's no something they're offering to do?

Sure they should gets flu shots, but it's not even up for consideration.

SCATS said...

To 11:36PM ~~ Well, it seems that we agree they SHOULD get flu shots. That's the point in talking about it. Until someone makes it an issue, it's not going to happen, right? I'm making it one and I suspect a lot of people out there agree.

Anonymous said...

SCATS: Just wanted to throw something out there and get some opinions. Longridge is the only school that does not have students (3-5) attend library because there is no librarian there for grades three through five. Students in grades k-2 do have library (last year there were 2 librarians, this year only 1--other large schools get away with one librarian because they do not have as many sections of classes as Longridge does). Do you think this is fair, considering all the other 3-5 buildings in Greece have a librarian? It was the superintendents choice to cut the position. Just wondering if people would be for or against this. Thanks.
Comment Rec'd 10/7/2009 6:17:14 A.M

SCATS said...

I did not know about the librarian situation. Thank you for bringing that up. Can you tell us the Supt's reasons for this? I'm kind of surprised GTA allowed him to get away with this.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that dares to complain about ANY staff cuts that have taken place during the last decade or more had better be an outspoken person against the lottery/school of choice/busing situation. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BLOWN EVERY YEAR, WITH NO PAYOFF! We have "x" number of dollars to spemd, and this district elects to put it toward diesel fuel costs. Enjoy your choice Greece!

SCATS said...

To 11:21AM ~~ That's very true. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the reduction of a couple of positions like for a librarian and some music teachers were discussed during the budget process last Spring. I think the music teachers got to stay.

Anonymous said...

Librarians are not required by NYSED regulations except in high schools. This matter could be resolved by not having library as a "special" - which is a fancy way of giving classroom teachers their planning time. Make it a flexibly scheduled library, rotating the k-5 classes through on a regular basis. Issue solved.

Anonymous said...

What about parents volunteering to help (or grandparent?).

Anonymous said...

@2:14
Or maybe have some of the smarter students run the library. ;-)

SCATS said...

To 11:01PM ~~ OMG! Don't you know that it takes a MASTERS DEGREE and GTA membership to be able to do that! Go write on the blackboard 1000 times "I won't try to make "teaching" sound easy."

Anonymous said...

Personally I do not think ALL teachers should be shot.

But it may be a better alternative than tenure.

Anonymous said...

Right now there is a TA in there so students can check out books. I guess if I were a parent with children still in school I would want to send them to an elementary school that still had a librarian to teach them library and research skills--if it is so easy to run a library, why were not all elementary and middle school librarians cut and parent volunteers put in their places--or smart students--surely they could do what a librarian does--once again people have NO CLUE what teaching jobs entail!!!

SCATS said...

To 6:53AM ~~ OH PUH-LEEZE! Get off your pedastal already. Little time is spent "teaching" in the elementary school libraries and I know this from first hand experience. About the only part of operating an elementary school library that I might have some minor trouble with would be deciding which books from the thousands of options to buy or to discard.

Teachers need to remember that PARENTS ARE THEIR CHILDREN'S FIRST TEACHERS. I've "taught" walking, talking, shoe tying, potty training, the ABC's and
1,2,3's, colors, animal recognition, manners, reading, writing, researching, basic math through algebra, vocabulary, spelling, and how to recognize a ridiculous claim ;)

SCATS said...

To 4:11AM ~~ Your comment is among my top 5 best ever left on here! Thanks for the laugh :)

Anonymous said...

"Librarians are not required by NYSED regulations except in high schools"- Anon.

Could you please show me where shipping (bussing) kids all over east Jesus IS required.