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The Milton School District is partnering with Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, to provide COVID-19 vaccines to school district employees on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

A school district news release sent Jan. 21 said: “Per the request of the provider, the district is withholding the name of the hospital until final approval from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is received.”

A newsletter sent to parents Jan. 22 said: "The State of Wisconsin has transitioned into Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination plan. With updated guidance from DHS, vaccinations can now get underway for several priority groups, including educational staff."

According to the news release, the school district is not requiring employees to be vaccinated.

The district is also working with Teachers on Call (the district's substitute staffing service) and GoRiteway to give the district's substitute teachers, substitute aides and bus drivers an opportunity to be vaccinated.

To allow employees the opportunity to participate, all grade levels in the district will transition to asynchronous virtual instruction day on Jan. 27. The news release says students and families are asked to look for upcoming communication from their teachers regarding instruction on this day.

Breakfast and lunch will still be available for pick up at Milton High School from 11 a.m to noon Jan. 27. No sign up will be required.

A second clinic for employees who receive the first dose will take place Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The news release points out the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Rock County Health Department recommend vaccinated individuals continue to wear appropriate face coverings, maintain physical distancing and wash their hands frequently to prevent community spread of COVID-19. According to the news release, all school district employees will be expected to continue to follow the safety and mitigation strategies recommended by Rock County regardless of their vaccination status.

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