BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – As of Wednesday, 1,050 Warren County public school students are in quarantine after being potentially exposed to COVID-19. According to data from the district’s website, there are currently 142 active cases among students.
In an interview on Tuesday, Superintendent Rob Clayton said he recognizes this is an issue so many students need to quarantine, which is one of the reasons he implemented a mask warrant. Monday.
“We have continuously monitored the data in terms of the number of positive COVID cases, but the number of quarantines associated with positive cases is also more problematic,” the superintendent said.
Recently, the CDC changed its guidelines to say that students were not considered “close contact” if they were wearing a face covering and were three feet or more apart at the time of contact. exhibition instead of the original six feet.
“Based on this change alone and the CDC’s advice alone, it would likely have halved the number of students currently quarantined,” Clayton explained. “As a school manager, as a parent, I find it essential that we do everything we can, in terms of implementing safety measures to ensure that we can continue with five days a week of in-person teaching. ”
Governor Andy Beshear also signed an executive order on Tuesday requiring all students in Kentucky to wear masks inside the school. Despite efforts to alleviate the problem of sending so many students home, parents still worry that their children are not getting the proper education they need.
“It’s a very important time in their life to get their education, and they can’t get it, they just have to go home and do nothing big,” said Jason Humble, parents of two college students. Warren County.
One of her daughters was asked to quarantine herself for ten days right after the second day of school. “We didn’t know who she was exposed to, she was just told to go home because she was exposed,” Humble said. “Then my second daughter, the second day, the next day, was also sent home. “
While they can do some of their work on Google Classroom, he said it’s not the same as teaching in person. “One of my daughters is taking an AP class, the other is taking a Spanish class, she doesn’t even know how to teach there,” Humble explained. “There is no choice or freedom for parents. “
Schools in Warren County began implementing the new mask mandate on Wednesday.
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