GUILFORD COUNTY — Teachers and other Guilford County Schools staff will receive COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, which has prompted the school system to go to all-remote learning that day.

To maximize the number of school system employees who can get their first doses of the vaccine, no live teaching will take place Friday. However, students will have assignments to complete and are expected to log in so they can be counted for attendance purposes, school officials say.

Families will be able to pick up meals from the school district’s grab-and-go locations on Friday. In the High Point area, meals can be picked up at High Point Central, Ragsdale, T. Wingate Andrews and Southwest Guilford high schools, Penn-Griffin School for the Arts and Allen Jay Middle School.

About 3,000 employees will be vaccinated this week. The inoculations will be given from Thursday evening through Saturday evening.

The next staff vaccinations will take place March 4-6. School district leaders haven’t determined yet whether another remote-learning day will be necessary on March 5.

The school system has given inoculation priority to employees who work with exceptional children, many of whom cannot wear masks or face coverings. After that, workers aged 51 to 64 have been given priority.

Next in line are staff members aged 36 to 50. The last group are employees 18 to 35.

The school district doesn’t have a specific time frame for inoculating all employees, Guilford County Schools public affairs representative Janson Silvers told The High Point Enterprise. The school system has more than 4,500 teachers and nearly 10,000 employees.

The planned vaccinations come after Gov. Roy Cooper earlier this month moved up educators, school staff and child-care workers on the list of people eligible for vaccinations, making them eligible starting today.

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