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Schools work hard to protect students and staff

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         Wayne County Schools continue to work hard enforcing safety protocol, restrictions and guidelines to protect the students and staff from COVID-19. In spite of their best efforts, there has been a recent surge in reported cases, creating an increase in quarantines necessary to help lessen the spread.

          On Thursday, September 2nd, the school data showed 15 students who have currently tested positive for COVID, 7 staff were positive for COVID, 101 students were quarantined due to COVID, and 6 staff were quarantined due to COVID.

           Like public schools across the state, the district has been recording the daily data on COVID cases and those in quarantine within the school system, since the beginning of the pandemic. The on-going health tracking is complicated because it is a fluid situation.

           Teachers keep seating charts so they can follow specific guidelines in case a student has a positive case of COVID. Parents are notified by the school so their child can be quarantined when a close contact exposure has occurred.

           Testing is ongoing to try and provide the quickest return safely to the classroom for students to receive in-person learning. Fortunately, the school district has a Healthy Kids Clinic which is working tirelessly to meet these needs.

           Wayne County is one of the few districts in the area that have offered virtual learning this school year in case a family prefers at home learning. There are strict daily attendance guidelines for these individual cases that must be maintained.  

           All kinds of proactive measures have been underway to continue in-person learning.  COVID vaccine availability on campus, proper mask wearing, sanitizing student tables and furniture throughout the day inside classrooms, sanitizing stations in hallways, safe spacing of students, eliminating cross mingling of students within teams and grades, and assigned seating onboard clean buses  -  just to name a few of the precautions taken by the schools.

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