By Madeline Mitchell, Fox 19
Teachers and staff at Cincinnati Public Schools began receiving vaccinations Thursday ahead of the district’s return to in-person learning, which begins next week, according to our media partners at the Enquirer.
The district employs about 6,500 full- and part-time employees who serve about 36,000 students, according to the district’s website. On Monday the district said about 600 employees who answered a survey about the vaccine said they would not get the vaccine.
"As a leader in the Cincinnati community, I cannot ask our staff to step forward and be vaccinated if I am not willing to do the same, especially knowing the hesitancy that some people feel about the vaccine,” said CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell. “It was personally important for me to be here today to demonstrate my belief that this vaccine is not only safe, but is the way we move forward."
Mitchell was among the first district employees to be vaccinated, alongside Mount Airy School principal Angel Roddy, Covedale Elementary School kindergarten teacher Consuelo Esteves and John P. Parker Elementary School building engineer Lanier Hardy.
"We are super excited today," Roddy said. "Feeling relief, feeling gratitude that we’re able to be vaccinated so that we can bring our kids back."
CPS students pre-K through the third grade and specialized classrooms will start a blended learning model next week. The district will bring the rest of its students back to hybrid learning in phases: grades 4-6 and 9-12 will return the week of Feb. 15 and grades 7-8 will return the week of March 1.