Back-to-school event this Saturday, Aug. 7, will bring together St. Louis Public School teachers, mayor, superintendent, AFT St. Louis and AFT President Randi Weingarten

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School registration, COVID-19 vaccinations, free books and health screenings

To encourage all St. Louis Public School students to return to public school, Mayor Tishaura Jones, AFT St. Louis President Ray Cummings, Superintendent Kelvin Adams and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will take part in a huge celebratory event on this Saturday, Aug. 7, starting at 9.m., where students can register for school, get vaccinated, receive health screenings, and receive free books and school supplies.

The “Safe Start Celebration” will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gateway Complex, 1200 N. Jefferson, #4 Gateway Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63106

At the free event, St. Louis public school children can receive the COVID-19 vaccine; receive dental, vision, hearing and lead screenings; register for school and confirm school location; and receive free books, backpacks and school supplies.

The program is being funded through an AFT grant, part of the AFT’s $5 million Back-to-School for All tour, championing a return to five-days-a-week, brick-and-mortar instruction.

Co-sponsored by AFT St. Louis and St. Louis Public Schools, the “Safe Start Celebration,” will have a carnival atmosphere with a serious mission — to let families know that St. Louis Public Schools will be open for in-school learning and offering safe and welcoming classroom environments where most students learn best.

In addition to Saturday’s event, AFT St. Louis is calling and visiting families whose children didn’t regularly attend school during the pandemic to encourage them to return to public school. School starts Aug. 23.

Saturday’s event will be held outdoors, and masking and social distancing are encouraged. If the event is held indoors because of rain, attendees are asked to wear masks and social distance.

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