1000’s of scholars in quarantine, faculties shut

Just days into the new school year, thousands of children in US public school districts are under quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19.

Cases and hospital stays in children are on the rise, with the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus accounting for around 90% of new infections in children, according to experts. Children under the age of 12 are currently not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, making schools a potentially dangerous environment.

As parents and school officials across the country battle for COVID back-to-school safety measures, schools are overwhelmed with the task of ensuring the safety of children when attending class in person.

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In Texas this week, four school districts where masking is optional have been temporarily closed due to COVID outbreaks on campus. The closings come as school administrations in other parts of the state continue to oppose the anti-mask mandate orders and require students to mask themselves.

The Gorman, Texas district was due to start school this week but decided to postpone a week as there were too many active cases among students and staff.

“This decision was not made lightly or quickly, and it was made in the best interests of all students, staff, and the safety of parents,” said Gorman Superintendent Mike Winter.

Two other school districts in the state, Bloomberg and Waskom, were temporarily closed after the first week of classes because too many employees were out with COVID. Another district, the independent school district of Iraan-Sheffield in West Texas, was closed for two weeks on Monday to allow students and staff to be quarantined.

Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida announced that nearly 6,000 students and staff were absent due to quarantine, which required an emergency board meeting to discuss how to prevent further spread, including mandatory masking on the Table.

Nearly 1,400 students and employees reported positive COVID tests since school started on August 10, according to district data. The district has more than 200,000 students.

Mississippi state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Tuesday that around 20,000 students are quarantined nationwide due to exposure to COVID. That is 4.5% of the state’s public school population.

“These disruptions … will continue for a while,” Byers said.

Last week, 13-year-old eighth grader Mkayla Robinson died as the fifth child in the state of Mississippi from COVID since the pandemic began. The Raleigh girl died the day after she was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Smith County school district superintendent Nick Hillman said her mother kept her house last Thursday because she was unwell and she died on Saturday.

She attended Raleigh High School, which began on August 6th. On Tuesday, the Smith County School District reported 104 new COVID cases and 659 quarantines.

There are approximately 750 students and 40 employees in the New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. Quarantined in Indiana after either testing positive or coming into contact with someone who tested positive.

Most quarantined workers in the district are auxiliary workers, Superintendent Brad Snyder said. The lack of staff has resulted in the district being canceled two to three bus routes a day.

Also in Indiana, the Scott County Schools District 1 closed the school and switched to online classes from August 11, “due to the high rate of positive cases and the extremely high rate of students in quarantine,” it said on Facebook. In-person learning is scheduled to resume on August 23.

In Kentucky, Lee County public schools superintendent Sarah Wasson announced that schools will be temporarily closed earlier this week.

“This is going to be a tough year and we don’t want to close this early, but if we can see who is positive now we believe we can stay in school longer,” said Wasson.

Featuring: The Clarion Ledger, The Louisville courier Journal, The Associated Press

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