Allentown School District to host vaccination clinics, launch a health app, as it prepares for back-to-school

Written by on July 30, 2021

Allentown School District to host vaccination clinics, launch a health app, as it prepares for back-to-school

By Chloe Nouvelle

July 30, 2021

Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay 

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for K-12 schools by recommending universal masking, even for vaccinated students and staff. 

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Earlier this month, the Allentown School District (ASD) announced it would allow fully vaccinated individuals to be unmasked in its buildings, with some exceptions. However, in light of the recent announcement from the CDC, the district said it will “process new guidance” and “will work any adjustments from the CDC” into their plans for the fall. 

Either way, the district is preparing for another unprecedented school year. 

ASD’s Deputy Superintendent for Equity, Accountability and School Improvement, Dr. Lucretia Brown, said the district is working to give people access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’re going to host some vaccination clinics during the latter part of the summer and as we open schools,” Brown said. 

Once schools open, ASD plans to have an app in place to collect information about COVID symptoms and numbers before kids even enter school buildings. 

The app will also serve as a self-screening tool for students and staff. 

Brown calls it one of the district’s mitigation strategies. 

“Our families should stay tuned and be on the lookout for billboards in their area explaining how to access the health and wellness app,” Brown said.

The Allentown School District serves around 17,000 students and plans to offer both in-person and remote classes this fall. 

The first day of school is Sept. 7. 

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