Cherokee County will hold virtual learning days to vaccinate teachers

Students in Cherokee County will have virtual learning days later this month so that their teachers can get vaccinated.

All Cherokee County schools will be closed for in-person learning on Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, so the school system can administer COVID-19 vaccinations to employees. 

All in-person students will be expected to log on to the Canvas platform for daily instruction. Teachers and staff will report to campus and will be teaching online throughout the day and be available to answer emails during regular school hours.  

The exception to this will be the time when the teacher is receiving the vaccine.  

Parents whose children do not have access to a laptop computer or internet access should contact the school front office as soon as possible. The school nutrition department will have free to-go meals for March 11 and 12 prepared for pick-up in the designated area of the school ( from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10. Parents who would like to pick up these meals are being asked to complete the online order form, which will be emailed to all parents on Monday morning and will be due by 8 a.m. Tuesday.  

Students do not have to be with parents who pick up these meals. Students who need to pick up medication or other items that they must have during this closure should call the school’s front office to arrange pick up. Specific extra-curricular activities will continue after school, and team coaches and club sponsors will communicate that information to students; there will not be After School Program at elementary schools.  

The Department of Public Health has not been able to inform the school system whether the vaccines will be two-dose or one-dose. If they are two-dose, the school system will need to again close schools for in-person learning to hold a vaccination drive, with the tentative date set of April 15 and 16.  

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