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It’s all about getting students back to classrooms, Supt. Shibler says of the vaccine

Wearing his vaccination sticker proudly

Rockford — As the Covid-19 vaccine continues to roll-out in West Michigan, Superintendent Michael Shibler hopes the more people get vaccinated, the closer we are to the end of the pandemic. 

“We’ve all dealt with this difficult and challenging pandemic since last March,” Shibler said. “Now we have this opportunity providing our teachers, administrators and support staff with hope that this will come to a successful conclusion and that’s the way I see it.” 

While he acknowledges the unknowns of this and future viruses, Shibler believes in the vaccine and its potential to allow students to safely learn in-person. 

“The most effective learning takes place in the classroom, so we all need to help get our students back into classrooms with their teachers,” Shibler said. “The hybrid models have worked, and remote learning is an option but it should only need to be used under certain circumstances.”  

In addition to educators, Shibler encourages parents and families of students to consider getting the vaccine. 

When asked about his experience receiving his shot, he said he “didn’t even feel the needle. The nurse told me she was about to do it and then it was done,” Shibler explained. 

“The Kent County Health Department has done an outstanding job organizing the vaccine. Their process has been extremely effective with getting people in and out with little waiting.”

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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