The Solon City School District is working to finalize details for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students ages 5 and older. The date of the clinic is to be announced soon, school officials said.

They have also implemented the new state Mask to Stay protocols, which allow unvaccinated students and staff who are directly exposed in a school setting to still come to school provided they wear a mask.

District Communication Director Tamara Strom said this week of the vaccine for those 5 and over recently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, “we know many families are already pursuing vaccinations for their children where they are available and talking to their pediatricians and health care providers about whether the vaccine is right for their children.”

The school district worked with health partners PSI and University Hospitals of Cleveland on an off-site clinic for students when the vaccinate became available for students ages 12 and older in late spring.

“We had also shared other available vaccine clinic opportunities with families through the Educational Center of Northeast Ohio earlier in the spring for students 16 and over,” she said.

Ms. Strom said that when logistics for the clinic for 5 and over is finalized, officials will share the time, date and procedures for parents to make appointments.

“Our 44139 community is one of the most highly vaccinated in the area,” Ms. Strom noted. “For now, we are giving families the chance to make decisions about their children 5-11 getting vaccinated before changing our mask requirement for grades K-6.”

The school district is continuing its current mask protocols for now, requiring masks in all seven of its school buildings, as they assess the full 14 days following Halloween, Ms. Strom said.

“We have implemented the new state Mask to Stay protocols aimed at helping unvaccinated students and staff members continue to come to school and participate in extracurricular activities following a direct school-based exposure to COVID-19,” she said. “The Mask to Stay protocol has already helped us to shrink the number of necessary out-of-school exclusions from COVID exposures over the past two weeks.”

She said it is always important to remember that vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or be excluded from school.

The district updates its COVID-19 dashboard in real time so that families and the community can always see the state of COVID cases in the schools.

“Our cases have remained relatively steady over the last few weeks,” she said, “although they are still higher than we would like.”

At the end of last week, the district reported COVID-19 cases involving seven students and one staff member to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Ohio Department of Health.

In other developments, the district is also lifting its capacity limits for indoor events, such as concerts and sporting events in the auditorium at the school high and school gyms, Ms. Strom said.

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