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Harrison Hills staff receives second dose of vaccine COVID-19 vaccine

CADIZ — Around 65 percent of Harrison Hills City School District employees are now fully vaccinated after receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday.

Superintendent Dana Snider said around 150 staff members received their second dose of the vaccine during the schools’ clinic held throughout the day Friday. The inoculations started bright and early with the first appointment at 6:30 a.m., she said.

The Harrison County Health Department and Franciscan University of Steubenville nursing students helped with the vaccination efforts.

“We are very fortunate for all the assistance,” Snider said. “We are very appreciative for all that the Harrison County Health Department does. They have been so responsive to all of our needs for COVID. They are a wonderful health department.”

Snider said some of the remaining staff members either declined the first dose, were absent during the first day of inoculations because of inclement weather, or were unable to get it due to having recently contracted the virus. Anyone who has contracted the virus must wait three months before receiving the vaccine.

Snider said she expects additional staff members will opt to receive the shots when additional first doses are available.

Staff members are thrilled to be fully inoculated now, Snider said. She said the vaccinations are important to the educational system as well as the community.

“For staff, for families, communities, it’s a positive direction for education,” she added.

The district returned to full-time, in-person instruction in late January after spending nearly a month on a hybrid learning plan due to a spike in cases. There have been minimal issues involving the virus spreading in the schools since students returned to their classrooms five days a week, Snider said.

“There have been some quarantines and some cases, but nothing dramatic. Student exposure has been very minimal — we’ve only had one case of student exposure as far as instructionally,” she said. “We’ve been very, very fortunate.”

Of the district’s 1,600 students, around 300 continue to utilize virtual learning. Snider said that dozens of students have switched from virtual back to in-class learning over the past couple of months.

“About five to 10 students are coming back each week (from virtual learning),” she said.

Snider said the district is encouraging all students to return to in-person classes. Whenever the student feels they are ready to return to the classroom, the schools will happily let them return at any time, she said.

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