CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metropolitan School District plans to start vaccinating staff members between February 8 and 12, depending on the availability of the vaccines, District CEO Eric Gordon told the Board of Education during a Board Business Meeting Tuesday evening. The district is expecting to administer the Moderna vaccine. Gordon didn't mention a potential date to resume in-person instruction.
The district will use East Technical High School on the east side and Max Hayes High School on the west side. Those sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with additional hours on the weekend available too.
The district will also be responsible for vaccinating some non-public school staff. All staff will be separated into five groups based on their role for in-person learning.
Staff members who get both of their shots by April 3, 2021, will receive an extra personal day. Staff members will also get additional time off to recover from any vaccine side effects they experience.
Governor Mike DeWine announced earlier on Tuesday that some schools in the Cincinnati area would start to get vaccinated as early as January 28. Gordon told the Board that CSMD would not be part of those first vaccinations. The governor has said the goal is for every willing school staff member to get at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by March 1 so that every district can return to in-person instruction by then.
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