The White Hall School District is making an effort to get as many students and teachers vaccinated for COVID-19 as they possibly can, offering bonuses to teachers and a chance for students to win money.

School Superintendent Doug Dorris said teachers will receive $200 if they show proof of vaccination, with a deadline of Sept. 3.

He also talked about what the district has planned for students.

Dorris said the district has held four vaccination clinics and a lot of students 12 and over came in to get their shots. They were given a card to fill out, and when the card is turned in to a principal or secretary, the student will be entered into a drawing for cash prizes.

The district is waiting on approval from the state to use some of its federal COVID money for the prizes, Dorris said.

He was also asked about the district’s policy this year on face masks, particularly because of a state law that prohibits requiring their use.

Dorris said students will be encouraged to social distance as much as they can, extra cleaning in classrooms will be done, hand sanitizer will be readily available, and busses will be fogged when they come in and deep cleaned weekly.

He also talked about how schools will encourage social distancing.

School starts Aug. 16 and Dorris said the district is ready to go.