Hamilton Schools students get vaccine; also Ranger Bridge program

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Hamilton Local Schools students age 16 and older will not have to travel far to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with the availability of in-school injections.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital workers will administer the Pfizer vaccine on April 22 and then return for the second dose on May 13 for students who have a release signed by their parents.

“The clinic will take place in one of our district buildings,” said district spokesperson Kaitlin Duncan. “We will also have our staff on site to ensure all students remain socially distanced and that they are in and out of the vaccine clinics safely and efficiently.”

In order to collect data on the number of vaccines estimated to meet the needs of Hamilton students, parents are asked to fill out an online COVID vaccine survey on the district’s website.

When a vaccine is available to children under age 16, Duncan said the district intends to conduct a similar program.

For questions regarding the vaccine, side effects or the process for students receiving the vaccine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has provided information online as well. Call the school district at 614-491-8044 for information.

Ranger Bridge program
The coronavirus pandemic created learning gaps for students everywhere, including those in Hamilton Local Schools. In an effort to provide opportunities to help fill those gaps, the district is offering the Summer 2021 Ranger Bridge program this summer for students in second through eighth grade.

Only English language arts and math are offered this summer. Students can attend the ELA sessions, the math sessions or both. Space is limited and parents/guardians of students interested in the program need to fill out an online application no later than April 23.

“Superintendent Tyler and the Office of Teaching and Learning recognized a need to address the potential learning gaps that COVID has created among students in our district due to the varying instructional modes,” said Duncan. “We are excited to have more opportunities to continue in-person instruction with our teachers. We believe we have the staffing and resources to offer this summer learning program as designed for students in grades 2-8. After this year’s Ranger Bridge, we will consider what we learn about the program’s success and challenges to decide if we can expand Ranger Bridge to other grades.”

The first Bridge session takes place June 7-11 and June 14-18. The second session will be July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6. Students accepted into the program will attend both sessions.

Barring changes in health orders, in-person instruction is planned for all sessions and transportation will be provided if needed.

Acceptance into the summer sessions will be determined by May 3. Call 614-491-8044 for more information.

“We are hoping Ranger Bridge will be able to close the educational learning gaps that were created due to the varying instructional modes we have dealt with throughout the school year,” said Duncan.

Hamilton Local Schools recently returned to an all-day, every-day model and Duncan reported the process has gone well. There were a few hiccups with drop off and pick up, since more parents were transporting students by car, but the district is working through its transportation issues.

“In the buildings, everything has gone very well and students are being respectful of each other’s space and continuing to wear masks with no complaints,” said Duncan. “Our administration and staff have done an excellent job in ensuring our students stay safe and healthy as we push through the end of the school year.”

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