Leaders of 5 La Crosse County schools advocate for vaccination

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The superintendents at five different La Crosse County school districts joined together Thursday to ask all eligible people to consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The press release was signed by David Brokopp of Bangor, Kris Mueller of Holmen, Aaron Engel of La Crosse, Todd Antony of Onalaska and Ryan Riber of West Salem.

“It has become clear that the first, best mitigation strategy is vaccination. We are asking all eligible individuals to consider being vaccinated. Please speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the vaccine. Low or no community spread will allow schools to remain open with the fewest mitigation strategies necessary,” said the release.

The educators said they are advocating for vaccination as they work to keep things as normal for students as possible.

“With summer half over and preparations for the beginning of the new school year well underway, we are confronted by the fact that concerns over COVID-19 will continue to affect decision making,” they said.

With the delta variant causing an increase in cases, there are increasing concerns about community spread, especially among children too young to be vaccinated.

“Being vaccinated is very much a collective community effort to ensure students can fulfill their potential in our classrooms,” said the release.