Ashland City Schools administrative offices

ASHLAND -- Educators in Ashland County are expected to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Feb. 19. 

Staff from Ashland City School District (ACSD), Mapleton School District and private schools in Ashland County are to receive the vaccine via a clinic at a ACSD’s administrative office building, while other county schools will receive the vaccine at the Ashland County Career Center. 

Just over 35 percent of ACSD staff has registered to receive the vaccine, according to ACSD assistant superintendent Dr. Tammy Stevens, who shared the area’s vaccination plans at a Monday evening board of education meeting. 

The district saw a few additional staff members sign up to receive the vaccine since its last meeting on Jan. 25. The final count was due Friday to Drug Mart, which is providing the vaccines for area schools. 

“It was less than 35 percent, and it went up just a couple percent. It’s less than 39 percent,” Stevens said. 

ACSD staff who opted-in to the vaccination will receive two emails in the coming weeks. One will prompt them to join the online system set up by Drug Mart, and the other will allow them to select an appointment time.

Both clinics for Ashland County schools are expected to run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

“Drug Mart has done over 1,000 vaccinations at one site, and we’re well under that, so we feel that it’ll run smoothly,” Stevens said. 

She didn’t know Monday which vaccine -- Moderna or Pzifer -- the staff would receive. 

Also at the school board meeting, Ashland High School Principal Josh Packard presented changes to the graduation requirements, effective for the class of 2023 and beyond. 

The presentation reflected changes from the Ohio Department of Education, which will be relevant to all schools within the state. 

“There’s just a little bit less emphasis on testing and a wider variety of ways in which you can demonstrate some things,” Packard said. 

Read more about the graduation requirements at education.ohio.gov.

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