Some frustrated parents are upset because their children don’t have virtual learning options under mandatory COVID-19 quarantines despite low transmission risks. Others expressed fatigue from school COVID-19 precautions over the last two years.
A report by the Daily Caller claimed possession of a letter from Brighton Area School District’s Superintendent of Schools Matthew Outlaw explaining COVID-19 policy. The Detroit suburb’s district requires students under the age of 12 to quarantine for 14 days if they are exposed to a COVID-positive student, according to the letter.
Jennifer Smith, a mother with three children in Brighton schools told the Daily Caller there are no virtual learning options for children in mandatory quarantine. Smith said her nine-year-old began a 28-day “healthy child quarantine” Oct. 19.
Brighton Area Schools allow parents to choose whether their child wears a face mask or not, according to district policy, though mandatory quarantines for healthy children are still in place.
Smith reported she received a Nov. 9 email from Hornung Elementary School informing parents all classes would go virtual Nov. 10 because of an unexplained rise in student COVID-19 cases after Halloween.
Mandatory quarantines are not limited to Michigan. Other states, like Arizona, also quarantine some students as part of their COVID-19 protocol. The Daily Caller gave Chandler Unified School District as an example.
According to CUSD’s COVID-19 policy, quarantining students is required by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health when a student comes in “close contact” with a student who is COVID-positive. The district website indicates quarantined students receive Google classroom assignments and/or activities. The mother of a student in the district noted children do not receive any teacher instruction during quarantine.
Washington State’s Department of Health guidelines state quarantines only apply to unvaccinated K-12 students.
Florida students are not required to quarantine if they’re exposed to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, according to NPR.
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