Editor, The Messenger,

In address to:

Dr. James Gaskell, Mr. Jack Pepper, and Members of the Staff and Volunteers for the Athens City-County Health Department;

The Superintendents and Boards of Education for the school districts in Athens County wish to publicly acknowledge and thank you for assuring that school district employees for every district in the county have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Our first vaccination clinic on Feb. 5 exceeded our expectations in how organized the event was, but also how positive your staff and volunteers were. There was certainly an air of celebration throughout the day that was recognized by the faculty and staff at each of our schools.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, the leadership at the Health Department has met with area Superintendents on a weekly basis, keeping us informed and talking through issues of concern. Your staff has walked us through contact tracing and communicating with members of our public, as well as supporting us in implementing appropriate safety protocols for opening our schools and operating our extra curricular programs. The partnership between the ACCHD and the school districts in Athens County has provided a greater level of assurance to our community that our students are returning to school and programming safely.

In the next few weeks our employees will receive a second vaccine and our students and families will be offered 4-5 days/week of in-person instruction at every school district in the county. This would not have been possible without your guidance, advocacy, and hard work. Please accept this letter as a token of our sincere gratitude. Every member of your team should be proud of what has been accomplished. Our families are elated that our children will have greater access to in person instruction. Thank you for your dedication to our students and to our community. You are all very much appreciated.


John Hurd, Superintendent

Trimble Local School District

David Hanning, Superintendent

Federal Hocking Local School District

Lindy Douglas, Superintendent

Alexander Local School District

Rick Edwards, Superintendent

Nelsonville-York City School District

Thomas Gibbs, Superintendent

Athens City School District

Connie Altier, Superintendent

Tri-County Career Center

Heather Wolfe, Superintendent

Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center

Kevin Davis, Superintendent

Athens County Board of

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