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School Board Member Proposes Alternative COVID Quarantine Plan

By Joel Washburn
washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 2/12/21

McKENZIE (February 2) — COVID-19 quarantine standards at McKenzie Special School District are too restrictive, often sending uninfected “contact” students home to quarantine. Those students lose valuable instructional time, said McKenzie School Board member Greg Barker.

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School Board Member Proposes Alternative COVID Quarantine Plan

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McKENZIE (February 2) — COVID-19 quarantine standards at McKenzie Special School District are too restrictive, often sending uninfected “contact” students home to quarantine. Those students lose valuable instructional time, said McKenzie School Board member Greg Barker.

During the February 2 meeting of the McKenzie School Board, Barker presented a proposed COVID-19 Management policy to modify the current policy. No action was taken, pending the board’s attorney opinion.

Barker said he researched policies of other school districts and arrived at a policy.

The proposed modification still requires a mask mandate, however, a student diagnosed with COVID-19 and a student deemed a close contact were both wearing masks appropriately at the time of the potential exposure in the school settings, the parent/guardian of the close contact student will be given an option for his/her student to remain in the school setting. School administrators would continue to notify the parent/guardian of the potential exposure and give the parent/guardian of the close contact the choice to allow the student to remain in school.

The school setting includes classrooms, gyms, library, playgrounds, cafeteria, buses, etc. It does not authorize the student to actively participate in related sports, extracurricular activities, or other school-related activities outside the school setting.

The modification only applies if the student diagnosed with COVID-19 and the close contact were both wearing masks in an appropriate manner. The student with a positive case of COVID must isolate and not return to school until the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health criteria are met.

The policy would require the school administrator to determine and document proper mask wearing and monitoring throughout school days.

See related news article concerning building improvements coming from the same school board meeting.

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