COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Jacob Perkins

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released a new COVID-19 guidance document on Dec. 15 to assist districts in preparing for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination.

The “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccinations” guidance document acknowledges that many of the specifics about the vaccine distribution have not yet been determined, but does provide important planning information.

The document provides recommendations on preparing a roster for vaccination candidates, information on how to submit the rosters and considerations to consider for vaccine distribution.

Due to the limited number of vaccines and the logistical challenges of statewide vaccine distribution, only individuals on the roster will be allowed to take the vaccine during the educator distribution period. Should an employee choose not to be included on the initial vaccine roster and later decide they want to take the vaccine, they will be required to wait until the vaccine is available to the general public.

As the situation with the pandemic evolves, KDE is creating new guidance documents to meet the needs of Kentucky’s schools and districts. More guidance and resources can be found on KDE’s COVID-19 webpage.