Dear Benicia Staff and Community.
I have good news to share. During the course of this week, the availability of Covid-19 vaccine supply increased dramatically for Solano County and most importantly, Benicia Unified School District. In fact, all staff members were provided an opportunity to be vaccinated if they have not already done so on their own.
This new development, which happened much quicker than we had anticipated, provides BUSD with the opportunity to have a much more confident workforce regarding their safety and well-being as they return to in-person learning. In addition to the robust safety measures we have in place, this increase in the vaccination process will go a long way in helping staff, students and our parent community feel more at ease returning to in-person learning.
I want to emphasize that having a confident workforce is central to our efforts as it allows staff to focus their energy on our students and everything in our system that supports that goal.
That being said, the Board Trustees have requested a special Board meeting for this Wednesday, March 10, 2021 to discuss and clarify the impact this dramatic increase in vaccination availability has on the previously approved target return date of March 22nd. I will communicate next steps Thursday, directly following the Board meeting.
This week made me feel we are finally beginning to move back to a more normal life for all of us.
On we go!
Charles Young, Ed.D.