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Hatton Elementary temporarily switches to distance learning due to rising COVID cases

The change comes as the school has more than 18% of its population isolated or positive for COVID.
Credit: Hatton Elementary
Hatton Elementary

HATTON, Ala. — Hatton Elementary School in Colbert County announced a temporary move to distance learning as COVID cases rise.

The district's COVID guidelines state, "If isolation totals per campus reach 18%-25%, the students will go into full remote learning at home for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Teachers not isolated due to COVID-19 will work from the school campus."

Hatton Elementary's principal said in a post on Facebook that the school met the 18% threshold and would be closed for 10 days. He also said that paper work packets are being distributed and that food pickup will be between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 16 and Thursday, August 19.

The school also recommends that families practice social distancing and avoid social gatherings for the next 10 days and to inform the school nurse if someone in their family becomes ill.

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As of May 13, all Alabamians ages 12 and up are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine after the CDC gave the Pfizer vaccine emergency authorization for those in this age group.

“This is great and welcome news that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will now be available for Alabamians 12 and up, offering another option for families in our state as we get back into full gear. We have seen good success so far with these safe and effective vaccines, and I encourage parents and children to consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions,” Governor Ivey said. “The vaccine is our ticket back to normal, and I continue to feel optimistic and hopeful in the positive direction we are moving in as a state.”

After receiving the COVID vaccine, you may experience common symptoms. The CDC listed the following common side effects of the shot:

  • Pain, redness and swelling in the arm you got the shot
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

“If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic,” the CDC says on their website.

For the most up-to-date information on side effects and the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the CDC’s website.