The Rocky View School Board of Trustees is calling for action from the province.

They have added their voices to a long list of advocates who want teachers to receive priority for COVID vaccinations.

The board passed a motion at their recent meeting, to write to provincial leaders asking for school staff across Alberta to be given priority in the vaccine rollout.

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE), Calgary Catholic School District, Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools have been vocal in their efforts for some time now, and sent a written request to Health Minister Tyler Shandro at the start of the New year.

CBE Board Chair Marilyn Dennis said vaccinating all school staff would limit the disruption to student learning.  All four divisions have moved to temporary online learning.  

President of the Alberta Teachers' Association, Jason Schilling, strongly sides with the school boards. He says "Teachers [are]working with the largest population of Albertans who will not be vaccinated" and therefore should be high on the list of prioritization.

As of Thursday, Alberta's Top Doctor stated that  612 schools across the province are under active alerts or outbreak status.

During their latest meeting, The RVS board also voted to write to Health Minister Shandro asking him to take more accountability, as well as provide the schools with more assurance and transparency in relation to how decisions are affecting students' mental health and well-being.