Jees Clark, WFPL |
Gov. Andy Beshear has said he would like to begin Phase 1b vaccinations, which includes K-12 employees in late January or early February.
Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Marty Pollio told the board the earliest date for reopening would come after the first employees receive the booster shot 28 days later. Pollio said JCPS will likely be using the Moderna vaccine, which the FDA says is fully effective 7 days after the second dose. That would put the reopening around the first week of March at the earliest.
The district is also looking at ways to use the vaccination process to prioritize bringing back small groups of high needs students, such as those with disabilities, also known as ECE students.
The district has reserved 12,884 vaccines for JCPS employees who signed up to be immunized, and about an additional 900 for contractors who work in school buildings.
However, about 6,000 JCPS employees declined the vaccine or did not respond to the survey. Pollio said some of those 4,000 who did not respond to the survey could be substitute teachers or other part-time employees who do not plan to return.
According to an executive order from the governor, districts are not required to accommodate employees’ requests to work remotely if they have refused the vaccine, and do not have a condition that the CDC or FDA says prevents them from taking it.