Tallmadge schools remains closed following second dose of COVID vaccine

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal

Tallmadge Schools remained closed on Friday to give staff another recovery day after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

The district had already planned a day off on Thursday, but unexpectedly called a calamity day for Friday as well.

"We were advised and hoped that one day of recovery would be enough. We were wrong," Superintendent Steve Wood said.  "Too many staff, nearly 40 by midday yesterday [Thursday], had informed us that they would be unlikely to attend for us to be able to operate."

About 80% of Tallmadge staff and 90% of teachers received the vaccine.

The district expects to reopen on Monday. 

Woodridge staff received the Pfizer vaccine from the same provider, Akron Children's Hospital, on the same days as Tallmadge. The district did not have in-person classes on Wednesday or Thursday, but were back in class Friday as planned. 

Tallmadge and Woodridge staff were the first Summit school employees to receive the vaccine in early February.