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Educator Vaccination Program

Educator Vaccination Program
Posted on 03/09/2021
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Dear School Community,

I wanted to update you on some important developments regarding Pennsylvania’s Educator Vaccination Program. The Governor, in conjunction with the Departments of Health and Education, is allocating several thousand doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination to public, private, and parochial school educators across the state. This program does not move educators into the 1A category; instead, the initiative is a pull-out program that exclusively uses the J&J vaccine for school based employees. 

 

In Garnet Valley, we will receive 311 first round doses which will be administered between  Thursday, March 11, 2021 to Friday, March 19, 2021. The remainder of our employees, the majority of which are at the secondary level, will receive their vaccinations at some point later this month or in early April. Fortunately, in Garnet Valley after the first round is complete, faculty and staff at the elementary level, K to 12 special education teachers, and bus drivers will have been vaccinated as long as they voluntarily participated in the program. 

 

Since the first round of vaccinations will be administered beginning this week and into next week, it is important that parents remain flexible when scheduling parent/teacher conferences and with other class related activities, as it is difficult to know at this point how the vaccination scheduling and side effects will impact our staffing. Building principals will communicate with parents regarding any changes. It is also important to note, our employees will need to travel to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit to receive their vaccinations, and since every educator receiving a dose in the first round will be competing for various time slots, it is very difficult to predict how the district will be impacted. However, based on our numbers we feel confident that instruction during the week will be able to continue as planned. 

 

Thank you so much for your patience and flexibility. I understand that your patience is wearing thin; however, this development truly signals that we will soon get back to relative normalcy.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

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