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School district to give teachers, staff $500 bonus if they are vaccinated

The board said that this is an investment.

ATHENS, Clarke County — A Georgia school district is offering a $500 incentive for teachers and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine

The Clarke County School District said the decision is designed to encourage their staff to get the vaccine -- and reward those who have already received the shot.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the district said the incentive "is an investment in workforce health, employee stability, and steadiness in the educational experience of students."

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They hope that if more people get the vaccine, it will "reduce the number of interruptions and shift," according to the Board's recommendation obtained by 11Alive. 

They said when a staff member must quarantine for up to 10 days, it could cost the district more than $900 each time. 

"Therefore, the investment in a vaccination incentive is an investment in workforce health, employee stability, and steadiness in the educational experience of students," the document read. 

The county employs nearly 2,400 people. 

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