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Columbus to reopen schools to some students Feb. 1, but union wants COVID vaccines first

Alissa Widman Neese, Columbus Dispatch |

Before Columbus City Schools reopens buildings to some students Feb. 1, the union representing more than 4,000 teachers and other employees said Wednesday evening it wants the initial round of COVID-19 vaccinations available to all employees first. 

Superintendent Talisa Dixon announced hours earlier Wednesday that after 11 months of students learning online from home, Columbus City Schools officials will reopen buildings to some students starting next month.

The first group will include all students in preschool and grades K-3; select students in all grade levels with “complex needs,” such as disabilities; and high school students in career-technical education programs at Columbus Downtown High School and the Fort Hayes Career Center.

Students in grades 4-5, meanwhile, will transition into the “blended learning” mode on Feb. 8. 

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