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The exterior of south Columbia's John Warner Middle School, which is CPS' 7th middle school (2021 file photo courtesy of CPS' Michelle Baumstark)

Columbia’s school board to discuss COVID plan at Monday’s meeting

Columbia’s school board will be discussing the district’s coronavirus plan on Monday night, and may also discuss some optional COVID vaccine clinics for CPS students that will take place later this month.

The board meets tonight at 6:30, and could vote on a resolution extending its indoor masking requirement. CPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Yearwood will be discussing the issue.

CPS spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark says there is good news on the horizon, noting that state health officials have adopted the CDC’s recommendation for children ages 5-11 to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine.

Baumstark tells 939 the Eagle that the district will offer optional COVID vaccine clinics for students later this month. She’s also hopeful that vaccine availability expansion and decreasing trends of positivity in the community may allow the indoor masking requirement to be lifted, after elementary students have had voluntary access to be fully vaccinated.

The board meets tonight at district headquarters.

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