The second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to Hardin County Schools staff members March 4, 5, 8 and 9 to all of those who received the first dose of the vaccine earlier this month.

According to an HCS news release, no one will receive a first dose on the March dates through the HCS distribution. Students who normally receive in-person instruction on those days or are part of the HCS Online Academy will receive non-traditional instruction on the day their school staff is to receive the vaccine.

Elementary and middle school students will have a second NTI day because of the vaccination. OLA teachers will communicate with their students and their parents, the release said. No Google Meets for any student will be held on the day their school staff receives the second vaccine dose.

Students will complete independent work that day.The work will be given to them in preparation for that day through Google Classroom, packet work, etc.

If a school is on NTI for a second day (elementary and middle schools), that school will communicate its plan for the second day with parents and students.

“The addition of a second day is truly a precautionary step,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said in the release. “Other organizations who have administered the second dose of the vaccine have noted that some have experienced various side effects that could last 24 hours. While the likelihood of those side effects is extremely low, we simply cannot supply substitute teachers because they are also receiving the vaccine.”

• March 4, Group A students at the following schools to be on NTI (Group B – No changes from normal procedures.):

Bluegrass Middle School, East Hardin Middle School, James T. Alton Middle School, North Middle School, West Hardin Middle School, College View Campus and Cecilia Valley Elementary School.

• March 5, Group B students at the following schools to be on NTI (Group A – No changes from normal procedures.):

Bluegrass Middle School, East Hardin Middle School, James T. Alton Middle School, North Middle School, West Hardin Middle School, Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School, North Hardin High School, HCS Early College and Career Center, College View Campus and Cecilia Valley Elementary School.

• March 8, Group A students at the following schools to be on NTI: (Group B – No changes from normal procedures.):

Creekside Elementary School, G.C. Burkhead Elementary School, Heartland Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Lincoln Trail Elementary School and New Highland Elementary School.

• March 9, Group B students at the following schools to be on NTI: (Group A – No changes from normal procedures.):

Meadow View Elementary School, North Park Ele­men­tary School; Radcliff Ele­men­tary School, Rineyville Ele­mentary School, Vine Grove Elementary School, Wood­land Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, G.C. Burkhead Elementary School, Heartland Elementary School, Lakewood Elemen­tary School, Lincoln Trail Elementary School, and New Highland Elementary School.

• All ninth graders, 10th graders and 12th graders at the following schools will be on NTI (both Group A and B) March 9:

Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School, North Hardin High School, HCS Early College and Career Center and College View Campus.

• All 11th graders (Group A, B and Online Learning Academy) will report to their high schools to take the state-mandated ACT March 9. High school administrators will need to ensure social distancing guidelines are met. By asking all ninth, 10th and 12th graders to participate in NTI that day, all 11th graders can safely enter the building and meet social distancing guidelines.

All high school juniors will be released from their high school on March 9 at approximately 1:15 pm.

OLA juniors need to inform their OLA teachers if they need transportation March 9 to their high school for the ACT.

• Wednesday, March 10, Group B students at the following schools to be on NTI (Group A – No changes from normal procedures):

Meadow View Elementary School, North Park Ele­men­tary School, Radcliff Ele­men­tary School, Rineyville Ele­mentary School, Vine Grove Elementary School and Wood­land Elementary School.

“We have been asked why we couldn’t vaccinate staff members in the same feeder patterns on the same day,” Morgan said. “Our vaccinator is able to supply us with 450 vaccines per day during these four days and the staff to properly distribute the vaccine. If we sorted by feeder patterns, then the number seeking a vaccination would exceed 450 on a given day.

“We know that this is not convenient and may cause obstacles,” she added. “In the long run, this will be the best opportunity to get back to a more normal school experience. Our students, staff and parents continue to exhibit patience, kindness and compassion. That makes the process of overcoming the difficulties COVID-19 presents so much easier. We continue to emphasize that these vaccinations are a very big step in helping us return to normalcy.”

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

(1) comment

GMYKY

Ok, if our health care professionals are expected to get vaccinated on their lunch or break, why do our kids need to be out of school another day for teacher vaccinations? This could be scheduled in the evening or weekend to avoid even more missed days for out students. I just don't get it?

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