Northeast Ohio school districts prepare for staff to receive COVID-19 vaccine

NEO school districts prepare for staff to receive COVID-19 vaccine

AVON LAKE, Ohio (WOIO) - On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that teachers and school personnel are next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor said staff could get the vaccine in less than a month if their school districts agree to go back to full in-person learning or hybrid.

Starting the first week of February, Ohio school staff will begin to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

“We’re committed that if there is a certain time, a certain day, a certain way that they need to do it to make it work, we’ll do that,” said Bob Scott, Superintendent of Avon Lake City Schools. “We want to take this opportunity as smooth as possible for our staff members.”

Scott said his district has been five days a week in person since August, with about 18% of students opting to attend school remotely. He says they did not have their first COVID case until the end of October.

“Since then, just like everybody else as cases have gone up, we have had them, but we’ve been able to handle it,” Scott said. “We did decide this week to delay the start of school until Monday, so we have been remote this week for the whole campus.”

Scott said he’s been working with the Commissioner of the Lorain County Health Department to come up with a vaccination plan.

“We’re putting our lists together right now of our staff members, and David’s already been talking to us about doing closed vaccinations which are basically that’s bringing all our teachers together and him bringing people to our schools to do the vaccinations here in person in our school system, so those plans are already going in place,” the Superintendent said.

Scott said he will not be requiring staff to get vaccinated, but he says he will be first in line to get it.

“You know I don’t think you can require those kinds of things,” Scott said. “I mean, it is a personal choice. With the staff that I’ve been talking to, I haven’t had anybody yet tell me oh, I’m not going to get it.”

Scott said he believes the vaccine will solve their biggest issue, which is being able to keep schools staffed.

Scott said he has approximately 500 faculty members, and right now, he is putting together a list of staff members who want to receive the vaccine.

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