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Important Update from Our Superintendent

Important Update from Our Superintendent
Posted on 01/21/2021
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Dear School Community,

I am pleased to announce that the Superintendents of Delaware County, along with the Chester County Health Department and Delaware County’s Covid Task Force, have developed a vaccination plan for educational faculty and staff throughout the county. The plan calls for four school-based vaccinations sites, located in Garnet Valley, Radnor Township, Ridley, and Upper Darby, to be opened concurrently over the course of 3 to 4 weekends beginning as early as February 13.  After staff have received the first dose of the vaccine, the plan will be repeated for the second dose. 

 

All vaccination sites will be operated using an appointment based model and will require staff to verify their employment with a Delaware County School District at the time of vaccination. Staff will be able to access any of the four vaccination sites that have an available appointment time. The vaccination sites will be operated by County staff, under the medical direction of the Chester County Health Department. School staff will be used as needed to support the operations of the sites. 

 

Unfortunately, we have not been allotted the necessary dosages to launch our plan. In order to begin vaccinations on February 13, and subsequently begin the process of providing in person learning for more of our students, the County will need approximately 25,000-30,000 doses of vaccine by February 3. Again, access to the vaccine is vital to returning our students to in-person learning!

 

To say that my colleagues and I are disappointed is an understatement. When one considers that Delaware County is among the most densely populated counties in the Commonwealth and continues to experience high rates of the virus, we find it confusing and frustrating that the doses that are currently being allocated are at the same levels of other counties. If this current rate of distribution continues, it will be several months before our educators are vaccinated.

 

Although receiving the vaccine is voluntary for our staff, we know that this mitigation effort is a game-changer when it comes to opening up our schools to a greater degree for our students. For this reason, we continue to advocate for the proper amount of vaccines so that we can implement our plan. In fact, at last night’s School Board Work Session the Board adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to provide the vaccines that we need. Additionally, Pennsylvania Representative Craig Williams also advocated on behalf of educators and students in our region, and the coordinated deployment of testing sites based on geographic regions reflects his advocacy. Even with these supports, we need your help. We are asking our families to contact Joanne Roth of the Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Preparedness & Response at joroth@pa.gov, and Cindy Findley MSW Pennsylvania Department of Health | Bureau of Communicable Diseases Director | Division of Immunizations at cfindley@pa.gov to ask that Delaware County receive the requisite doses to implement our plan.

 

Thank you for your continued support!!

Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent

Garnet Valley School District

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