Charleston Co. school leaders share vaccine plans, consider COVID notification changes

Updated: Jan. 11, 2021 at 11:51 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Charleston County, school district leaders are finalizing plans for vaccinating staff.

Superintendent Dr. Geritta Postlewait updated school board members about protocols and school operations, during a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

District officials will be partnering up with the Medical University of South Carolina to roll out vaccines to teachers and staff, once they become available.

The district is waiting on guidance from the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control to make sure teachers and staff will be part of their COVID-19 vaccination plan Phase 1B.

Four high schools are under consideration as potential sites to roll out the vaccine: Stall, Burke, West Ashley, and Wando High Schools.

“Whenever it does become available, we believe that we can executive that relatively quickly within a couple of days of receiving the information that we can get those vaccines,” CCSD Chief Operating Officer Jeff Borowy said.

The district’s policy for notifying parents when a COVID-19 case happens in their child’s classroom may also change.

Under the district’s current policy, parents are only contacted if their child comes in “close contact” of a positive case.

District leaders will meet with school principals on Tuesday to come look at updating ways to notify parents when positive cases occur.

“It will be very difficult to do this at the middle and high school level because if you think about it, kids change classes every period,” Postlewait said. “We’re going to start at the elementary level.”

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