Greenville County School system looks to the future as teachers get vaccinated

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Greenville, SC (WSPA) – U.S. guidelines say students should be kept six feet apart in schools. However, with teachers getting vaccinated, the conversation now turns to adjusting protocols in the classroom.

Students and teachers continue to practice safety measures currently, and that includes wearing masks.

“I feel like we’re doing everything as safe as possible, but the vaccine provides another layer of protection,” Holly Parks, a teacher at Sterling School, said.

In the latest school guidelines from the CDC, they concluded that schools can safely operate during the pandemic with masks, distancing, and other precautions. That’s exactly what the Greenville County School district will keep in place until further notice.

“We’d like to think that at some point we can ease off a little bit on some of the safety protocols that we have in place, but that day has not yet arrived. We would need solid evidence, proof, and confirmation from medical professionals that those things are no longer needed,” Tim Waller, with Greenville County Schools, said.

The school system prepares vaccination clinics for nearly 4,000 employees; they’ll cut the group in half and give shots to 2,000 employees during two sessions.

Holly Parks plans to be one of them; she wants to be safe for her students and her family. 

“We have to start somewhere, and I feel like this combined with what we’re already doing will defiantly put us in the right direction,” Parks said.

While virtual learning served as an education lifeline during the pandemic, officials tell us when students come back to the classroom full time that option will remain.

With the help of Bon Secours, the Greenville County School system will vaccinate its employees at Greer High and Woodmont High starting this week.

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