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Area schools preparing COVID-19 vaccination plans

Employees of school districts across the state will begin getting COVID-19 vaccinations in just over a week.

Mahoning Valley school districts are working with their county educational service centers to develop plans for getting most of their employees vaccinated, so most school buildings can be reopened for students by March 1, which is a goal of Gov. Mike DeWine.

DeWine’s office had a meeting with all 52 educational service centers across the state, asking them to coordinate the gathering of information from each school district about their needs, so the state can plan the vaccination process and rollout for each school district.

Mahoning County ESC Superintendent Tracy Hostetler said the vast majority of school districts in Mahoning County already have their students attending school five days a week.

Hostetler is working with 45 school districts in Mahoning and Columbiana counties in determining their COVID-19 protocols.

Last week, Mahoning County’s ESC sent information detailing the number of school districts, their student populations and where the districts are proposing to have their employees receive the shots.

Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator.

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