Miami-based Centner Academy is taking a different tact in regards to the coronavirus pandemic than most other schools around the country. Instead of rushing to get its employees vaccinated, the owners of the school are actively discouraging it. In fact, in a recent letter sent to teachers, Centner admins said those who had already been vaccinated needed to be removed from students. There was also a threat that if teachers went and got vaccinated after the notice, they might not be brought back next year.
While the notice didn’t specifically mention being fired, many teachers took the message to mean just that.
Centner Academy is a private school in the fashionable Design District of Miami. One of its co-founders, Leila Centner, informed employees that she had a “with a very heavy heart” in the letter. Nonetheless, teachers who had received the vaccine would no longer be allowed to come into contact with students.
According to the New York Times, the letter demonstrates how information about the COVID-19 vaccine can cause harm to the country. Ms. Centner often posts anti-vaccine posts on Facebook.
Part of the Centner Academy letter appeared to mirror those posts.
“Reports have surfaced recently of non-vaccinated people being negatively impacted by interacting with people who have been vaccinated” one part of the letter stated. “Even among our own population, we have at least three women with menstrual cycles impacted after having spent time with a vaccinated person.”
Centner Academy Spreads Falsehoods
The comments about menstrual cycles appears to be tied to claims that the vaccine can affect fertility. Those claims have been proven to be false by the medical community.
In the letter, Ms. Centner gave employees three options. Employees should inform the school if they’ve been vaccinated. They would then be kept separate from students. Employees also had to inform the school if they get the vaccine before the end of the school year. “We cannot allow recently vaccinated people to be near our students until more information is known,” the letter stated.
Finally, employees were asked to wait until after the school year to get vaccinated.
Employment Contingent On No Vaccination
While the letter made it seem like the best option was getting vaccinated over the summer, Ms. Centner made it clear that would lead to unemployment, at least for a time.
“Teachers who get the vaccine over the summer will not be allowed to return,” the letter said. “Until clinical trials on the vaccine are completed.” Centner also warned there might not be a position available even after the trial was completed.
The school also required employees to fill out a form giving information on whether someone had been, or intended to be vaccinated.