Over 5000 Students In Florida County Quarantined Due To COVID-19

Less than a week into the school year, thousands of students in a Florida county are either quarantined or in isolation because of COVID-19.

As of Monday, 5,599 students in Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida are either isolated due to a positive case or quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. That’s an increase of about 1,200 students from Friday when officials said 4,477 students had to be quarantined.

The number includes students who either tested positive or were exposed, maskless, to a positive case. The district does not require vaccinated students to quarantine after exposure unless they develop symptoms.

Meanwhile, 316 school district employees are also quarantining, up from 289 last week.

The Hillsborough County School Board is set to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest impacts and the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus, “up to and including mandatory face coverings for all students and staff,” a notice from the district said.

The board will allow for one hour of public comment at the meeting, which will be held in the school board’s auditorium.

District school officials announced earlier this month that masks would be required through at least September 3 at all schools, but established an opt-out clause. The school system received 27,915 opt-out submissions as of last week, according to school district spokesperson Tanya Arja.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning masks mandates in schools back in July. He says the state government could withhold the salaries of officials who impose such mandates.
Hillsborough County Public Schools is the third-largest school district in the country, and the seventh in the country, with over 220,00 students.


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