Transcript for California offers massive payouts to schools to reopen during pandemic
Thanks so much, Victor. The challenge to re-open schools. Details on California's new plan to get kids back in the classroom. According to the school opening tracker, less than 12% of the public school students are attending class in person. Kaylee Hartung is live at a mass vaccination site for teachers that's just outside of los Angeles. Good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: And good morning, robin. We have seen stadiums across the country play host to these mass vaccination sites but what's happening here is different. This site is open exclusively for teachers and school staff to get their vaccines. But here in Los Angeles, some educators are saying they need more than a shot to feel safe returning to the classroom. This morning, in Chicago, Boston and Baltimore, tens of thousands of students now back in the classroom. We have the mask, we have the wipe, we have it all and feeling pretty good about it. Reporter: But the doors still shut in Los Angeles. Don't get me wrong, we want to go back and but in order for us to go back we want to make sure that it's a safe learning environment. Reporter: As California officials face mounting pressure, vaccination sites like this are opening specifically for teachers and school employees. We're setting aside a minimum of 75,000 doses to those teachers and educators that choose to get the vaccination. The vast majority are very eager and supportive. Reporter: Governor Newsom invent advising schools to re-open offering $6.6 billion in grants to California schools who return students to the classroom at least through second grade by the end of March. But even with the vaccine news, not all educators are on board. Until staff has been given access to vaccines and until we have robust health and safety measures at each site, we will not accept an arbitrary return to school day. Reporter: United teachers los Angeles, one of the largest teacher unions in the country now voting to refuse in-person learning until all safety measure answer conditions are met. What do you say to those parents frustrated and begging the schools re-open? I would tell them that we're just as frustrated. When you have bars open but yet schools have not been given the adequate funding and resources to open, yes, I think we all could agree that's something where we feel the same. Frustrated. Reporter: And teachers here in Los Angeles tell me this contentious battle they're in right now is not just about this beginning of a process of re-opening schools, it's a fight to maintain a safe environment for years to come. Have to keep that in mind, Kaylee, thank you.
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