During a school board work session held Tuesday, Feb. 2, Barnum school officials said they are hoping to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all staff members by the end of the month and are planning on hosting both prom and graduation in person this spring.
Superintendent Mike McNulty said that while vaccine procedures have been unpredictable, if the current trajectory continues, he anticipates all willing staff members will be vaccinated by March.
“Vaccine stuff is different every day,” he said. “We don’t have a clue.”
As of Wednesday, Feb. 3, 65 of 113 total staff members will have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine. Not all 65 people have received both doses of the vaccine and some have decided not to be inoculated, McNulty said, so the exact numbers are not known.
The board went into closed session to discuss a personnel issue at the end of the meeting, but did not return to open session. McNulty said the conversation will remain confidential and the board did not take any action on what they discussed.
In other business, high school principal Gregg Campbell said that the prom committee has been fundraising, and as of now, the school is planning to host an in person prom and graduation.
“As long as the state is allowing us to be in school … under some restrictions and some guidelines, we’d like to still try to provide those experiences for those students,” he said.
McNulty encouraged Campbell to continue to be creative on finding solutions and said last year’s events had some positive outcomes.
The conversation and plans for the events will most likely continue to be in flux through the spring, Campbell said.
“There’s still a lot of things that could change,” he said.
School officials are also discussing different methods to help students who have fallen behind in curriculum, including intervention days in the school year and possible summer school courses.