Janesville schools canceling classes to get vaccinated

SDJ has canceled school on Friday, January 22.
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Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 4:26 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The School District of Janesville will cancel classes next Friday so its employees can receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Superintendent Steve Pophal explained the district worked with MercyHealth to coordinate a day on which more than 1,300 SDJ employees could be vaccinated.

He noted they picked next Friday, January 22, to offer parents time to plan for childcare for their students and expressed his appreciation toward MercyHealth for making that day work.

On Thursday, teachers will provide students with extra homework, so they can maintain their studies over the now-three-day weekend.

The district and MercyHealth also intend to deliver the second dose of the vaccine to employees on a single day. Pophal said they have arranged to do so on February 12, but district officials have not decided if they will call off school on that day as well.

The district added that the vaccination of its employees will “go a long way” in their ability to keep students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

District employees are eligible for the vaccine now because the Rock Co. Public Health Dept. has allowed the region to move to the group 1-B phase of vaccine distribution, according to Pophal. School workers were included in that group because of their interactions with students and families.

The day after SDJ’s statement the Rock Co. health department released a statement reinforcing that they county is still at Phase 1A. However the statement did not say if the county would move to 1B by that date or if the district would be in violation of their guidelines. NBC15 News has reached out for further clarification.

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