As part of a special partnership between Atlanta Public Schools and the Fulton County Board of Health, the school district began offering employees who are 65 years of age or older, school nurses, and safety and security officers the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Through the week about a dozen safety and security staff was vaccinated along with the officers from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Last Saturday, in a special “Super Saturday” event at Mercedes Benz Stadium, hundreds of APS and Fulton County Schools employees in Phase 1A were invited to be vaccinated. The State is currently in Phase 1A of its vaccine rollout and is providing vaccines for first responders, healthcare workers, and those who are 65 years and older.
Participation in this special vaccination day was voluntary, organizers said. As space allowed, eligible spouses could also receive the vaccine.
Today some of our first responders from the APS Police Department took part in the first phase of Fulton County Board of Health’s COVID 19 vaccination effort! We’re extremely grateful for their commitment to protect and serve our school communities! #SafeSecureStrong pic.twitter.com/dNeRwX9WL2
— ATL Public Schools (@apsupdate) January 11, 2021
APS Health Services Manager Dr. Valencia Hildreth said the school district will continue to work closely with the Fulton County Board of Health through Phase 1A.
“We are thankful for the partnership with Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools,” said Hildreth. “Internally, our APS team will continue to plan so that we are ready when Phase 1B is open for the rest of our workforce.”
According to APS officials, feedback from the event has been positive.
“I want to pass on my overwhelming praise to APS for the COVID -19 vaccine distribution at Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” said Cynthia Kuhlman, Director of Educational Achievement at CF Foundation Inc. “I experienced it myself and WOW! It was actually fun to go and get a shot, and the rumors are wrong — it didn’t even hurt. I feel very fortunate and was surprised for my husband and me to be invited to join APS.”
On Monday, select office staff and school-based personnel returned to schools on Tuesday for a four-day work schedule.
Beginning Jan. 25, APS will start phasing in our PreK-2 and Special Education low incidence students from all grades who wish to return now for in-person instruction. On Feb. 1, students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10 will return. On Feb. 4, students in grades 7, 8, 11, and 12 return.