Eureka Springs school staff gets 2nd round of COVID vaccine

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Most of the Eureka Springs School District staff is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

At the Eureka Springs School Board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, Superintendent Bryan Pruitt announced that the 70 members of the staff who had received an initial dose of the vaccine would receive the second round of vaccinations on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The staff received the first round of vaccinations on Jan. 27.

Pruitt said he had hoped to administer the second round on Feb. 19, but it was difficult to get everything arranged in such a short period of time.

“I contacted our school nurse and she contacted our pharmacists and they said it wouldn’t be available that day,” Pruitt said. “It just wouldn’t work out.”

Pruitt said the vaccinations would take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 24, saying it would be a virtual day for students district-wide.

“They seem to roll through everybody pretty quick. It doesn’t take too long,” Pruitt said. “We had over 100 people last time and it took a couple of hours. I think they got through it pretty quick.”

Also at the meeting, Pruitt announced that child nutrition director Debi Arnold is getting ready for maternity leave and recommended that the board hire former child nutrition director Sydney High for up to 20 days beginning March 21.

The board unanimously voted to do so.

In other business, finance director Pam McGarrah announced that the cash balance at the end of January was $9,023,000 and the total fund balance was $9,048,000.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the middle school cafeteria.

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