COVID-19 vaccines coming to District 231

School nurses to receive vaccinations as soon as this week


ROCHELLE — Rochelle School District 231 students and staff will return for in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19 after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 18.

Superintendent Jason Harper said the district received clearance from the Ogle County Health Department to resume in-person learning. Schools moved to remote learning in late November after recommendations from the OCHD to pause in-person learning for eight weeks.

Harper also said local teachers will be included under Phase 1B of the State of Illinois COVID-19 vaccination plan, which began with Phase 1A last month. Harper said that school nurses, who fall under Phase 1A, could receive COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as this week.

Principals, day-care workers, student aids, student support staff and residents over age 65 also fall under Phase 1B according to the IDPH. Illinois has received nearly 870,000 doses of vaccine and administered roughly 354,000.

“There’s a lot of logistical planning going on between superintendents, health offices and the OCHD,” Harper said. “We have surveyed our staff to see who wants to take the vaccine and when they’re available to receive it. The vaccines are very much on our radar.”