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Greenfield Union School District Staff receives the first round of vaccination

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Jackie Sato, a teacher at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 wears a mask and teaches remotely from her classroom on September 24, 2020 in New York City. New York City, the nation's largest school district opened its classrooms to remote teaching this week and plans to open in-person blended teaching and learning next week. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

GREENFIELD, Calif. (KION) Greenfield Union School District Staff will be receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am very glad that were able to get an appointment," said Annabel Garcia. "I know right now theres a shortage for appointments so im glad that our district put this together for us.”

Annabel Garcia is one of the 264 teachers and district workers who got vaccinated today,at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City. The GUSD Superintedent, Zandra Jo Glavan, said it was a very emotional day for everyone as this week marks one year since they last saw students and their co-workers.

"If you walk down the hall inside there, it's just eyes bright," said Superintendent Garcia. "People are so amazingly thankful for being able to have this opportunity. They miss our kids so much."

Kalena Rogers is teaching for her very first time at Cezar Chavez Elementry, one of the schools part of the district. Her students constantly ask when would they be able to see each other.

"I think it really shows the students that we should really trust in our science we focus on so heavily," said Rogers. "And then that it means we're one step closer to coming back to the classroom.

The district currently has small groups of students attending in person. But in a meeting this week, they will discuss when they can fully reopen their classrooms. The superintendent anticipates that students will be able to return sometime in April, after spring break.

"It means that we can look at our schedule and start school sooner and not have to wait until a later day," said Superintendent Galvan "It means that we're going to be safer, were going to be able to protect our GUSD staff family, were going to be able to protect our community. It means a lot to the children and to the families that really want us to be back to in-person instruction.

Employees received the Pfizer vaccine and expect to receive their second dose in three weeks.

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Jonathan Sarabia

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