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DeWine wants students back in classrooms by March 1. Will vaccines happen fast enough?

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal |

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s leadership and union officials received their shots last week in what they see as a show of confidence in the vaccine the state is trying to get in the arms of school personnel statewide in less than a month.

“We’re definitely encouraging everyone to get it and we’re trying to lead by example,” said Shari Obrenski, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union, among those that received the vaccine.

But they were one of three schools chastised by Gov. Mike DeWine in a sudden Friday evening press conference that focused mainly on reminding schools of the promise they made about reopening, in order to receive vaccinations.

Hamilton Co. superintendents wonder why their teachers left off Ohio’s first vaccine list

David Winter & Stephanie Kuzydym, WKRC |

On Tuesday, DeWine released his list of schools that are set to begin vaccinations this week. Only one Hamilton County school district is on the list: Cincinnati Public Schools. Local 12 Investigates reached out to all Ohio superintendents in our area to see why their schools didn’t make the list. About 20% responded.

Cincinnati Public Schools staff to receive COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday

Brian Planalp, Andrea Medina, WXIX |

Some Cincinnati Public School District employees will receive their first COVID-19 vaccine doses starting Thursday at Mt. Airy School. More employees will be vaccinated this weekend, on Saturdays at Duke Energy Convention Center starting at 8 a.m.

Opinion: COVID-19 vaccine is a shot of hope for our schools

Laura Mitchell, Opinion contributor, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Below is an excerpt…

CPS is taking the lead to educate our staff and our families about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, CPS hosted an online information session for our staff to learn more about the vaccine, with Dr. O’dell Owens, chief executive officer of Interact for Health, leading the discussion and answering questions.

I urge church and business leaders, community organizers and local elected officials to do the same and organize information sessions about the vaccine with your congregation, employees or constituents. 

Together, we must build a pro-vaccine social norm throughout our city, and especially in communities of color. We must have these conversations, through formal settings and at our kitchen tables. And we must use facts.

The pandemic may not be over, but the arrival of the vaccine is a shot of hope for our schools, our students, our neighborhoods and our community.

Laura Mitchell is superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Ohio’s Early Child Care Providers ‘Left Out’ Of Vaccine Rollout

Jenny Hamel, ideastream |

Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday his team will continue to evaluate the state’s COVID-19 vaccine priorities after early child care workers submitted a petition with 11,000 signatures asking to be included in the upcoming vaccination tier for teachers.

Early child care providers were not included in Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan with their K-12 peers, leaving the state’s childcare industry feeling “confused” and “left out,” said Jessica Robins, director of early childhood services at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood.

Robins, along with other day care directors in Northeast Ohio, spearheaded the petition effort and sent it to DeWine’s office on Friday asking to be included in the list of educators getting vaccinated in February.

Scarce COVID-19 vaccines mean Ohio teachers won’t have same shot at first dose

Jessie Balmert, Randy Ludlow, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Because of a scarcity of vaccines, the state’s 334,000 school teachers and staff will receive initial doses in stages. Cincinnati Public Schools will go first, starting on Thursday. About 91,000 school employees will be eligible to receive the vaccine next week. 

Cincinnati Public Schools staff vaccinations to begin ahead of schedule; Parents concerned as CPS moves to hybrid learning at Walnut Hills

Cincinnati Public Schools staff vaccinations to begin ahead of schedule

Jake Ryle, Felicia Jordan, WCPO |

Cincinnati Public Schools announced on Monday that, because the Cincinnati Health Department has already received the first supply of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for Cincinnati Public Schools employees, staff for the district can begin receiving their shots nine days earlier than previously planned.


‘It’s like a sardine tin there.’ Parents concerned as CPS moves to hybrid learning at Walnut Hills

Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Walnut Hills remained closed while the rest of the district moved to a hybrid model in the fall. But last week Supt. Mitchell said Walnut Hills could return if the district follows a 3 feet of social distance criteria, instead of the 6 feet of social distance the rest of the schools are maintaining. 

“Six feet of social distance with the space at Walnut would only allow them to be in class one day a week, in person,” Mitchell said during a Wednesday board meeting. “If we do 3 feet of social distancing, then that would get them to two days in person, and they would be… on schedule with the rest of the district.”

A Change.org petition to keep Evanston-based Walnut Hills virtual for the rest of the school year was created Thursday and had about 3,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. Current enrollment at the high school, which serves students in grades 7-12, is more than 2,800, according to the school’s website.

Alabama Education Association: ‘Education employees are dying,’ seeks vaccinations

Kim Chandler, AP News |

The Alabama Education Association is urging the state to give teachers COVID-19 vaccinations following the deaths of at least 39 public school employees from the contagious illness.

The group, which represents public education employees, sent a letter Friday to State Health Officer Scott Harris asking the state to direct county health departments to begin vaccinating education employees “as soon as possible.” AEA said Monday that at least 39 school workers have died from COVID-19. The number includes teachers, support staff, coaches and administrators.

Teachers need COVID vaccine to reopen L.A. schools

Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times via KTLA |

Reopening Los Angeles campuses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade will require the vaccination of teachers and other staff, says L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner. The teachers union is going a step further, saying vaccinations alone would not be enough to operate schools safely until the community spread of COVID-19 is brought down.

Their stances throw into question whether schools will be able to reopen this academic year as there is currently no firm date for inoculating teachers. In parts of the state, including Los Angeles, dissatisfied parents are ramping up efforts to pressure campuses to reopen more quickly.

Teachers and staff awaiting vaccines

Kimberly Jenkins, Portsmouth Daily Times |

“What the Governor charged the ESC’s with was to provide him with information regarding partners with each district,” Sandy Mers, The South Central Educational Service Center Superintendent said. 

“My take on it, was to help alleviate congestion so the health department could focus on nonschool employees, like the elderly. What we had to do was contact each district and match them up with partners in our area, it had to be approved vaccination administrators, CVS, Walgreens, Fitzgerald Pharmacy (Adams Co.) and Scioto Advantage. Some of our districts have already established a plan.”

Columbus City Schools: Teachers told vaccine rollout will be slow, accuse Gov. DeWine of bargaining with lives

Lisa Rantala, WSYX |

CCS is now prioritizing staff on who will receive the first shots as the district transitions to a hybrid learning model for its elementary school students, career tech kids and students with complex needs next month. CCS has been mostly full remote learning since schools closed last spring. The Columbus Education Association told ABC 6 On Your Side it wanted its members fully vaccinated before they walk back into a classroom.

“At this point in time, I do not have the vaccines to vaccinate Columbus City Schools teachers or staff,” said CPH Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts at the CCS Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. “You’ve got 9,000 employees. I do not anticipate getting 9,000 doses of the vaccine on February 1st.”

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