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Scott Steepleton, Editor
2:55 pm PST March 1, 2021

Teachers and staff in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations today, according to district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

Through a partnership with Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, appointments are set up based on a structure “that prioritizes staff and teachers who are working from campus now and will be for the upcoming launch of in-person experiences the week of March 15,” according to Pinsker. “The staff of 2,000 will be cycled through with appointments available daily until complete.”

Those over 65 or part of the district’s nursing or health teams have already been vaccinated.

“We are pleased to have St. John’s as our partner to ensure our teachers and staff who wish to be vaccinated are vaccinated over the next few weeks,” said Mark Kelly, assistant superintendent of human resources. “We have encouraged our staff to seek vaccinations by any means possible, to expedite the process.”

The district’s TK-5 schools plan for in-person academics and instruction beginning the week of March 15.

The required safety plan for the district will be posted to its website coronavirus page, smmusd.org/coronavirus.