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COVID-19: Nearly 60-percent of teachers have scheduled or received vaccination 

More COVID-19 vaccine appointments available next week

–Nearly 60-percent of childcare and TK-12 education sector employees in San Luis Obispo County have scheduled or received a COVID-19 vaccination, reports SLO County Superintendent of Schools James Brescia. This sector includes all childcare settings, districts, charters, private and parochial schools.

This is thanks to the support of San Luis Obispo County Public Health, CAPSLO, the County Office of Education, and local pharmacies, Brescia said.

“We anticipate that the remainder of childcare and TK-12 will be able to schedule an appointment before the end of March through the county’s online reservation system or with local pharmacies,” he said. “Post-secondary education sector employees at Cuesta and Cal Poly are now scheduling through the county’s online reservation system or local pharmacies.”

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District recently received 400 doses of the vaccine, enough to inoculate their entire staff over the next two weeks. Previous to this news, the district was receiving small apportionments of vaccine through the San Luis Obispo County Health Department and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.

Paso Robles elementary schools and middle schools through the 6th grade are open for in-person instruction with half of the students coming to schools in the morning and half of the students coming in the afternoons. The remaining grades including high school students can return to in-person learning next week.

In related news, Brescia reports that San Luis Obispo County Athletic Directors will meet with public health representatives to clarify current expectations specific to school athletics. Currently, California Public Health Department (CDPH) guidance limits observation of youth sports (age 18 years and under) to immediate household members, and for the strict purpose of age-appropriate supervision. CDPH also limits the number of observers to ensure physical distance can be maintained, reduce potential crowding, and maintain indoor and outdoor capacity limits. Local athletic officials and school administrators are working on standard messaging to minimize any confusion.



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