More than 450 Duval County school employees are reporting the need to self-isolate, according to the district

Hundreds of Jacksonville teachers and other employees say they need to self-isolate because of possible exposure to Coronavirus while traveling during spring break. News4Jax reporter Kelly Wiley is joining us talked with administrators who predict the number of employees who need to stay home will likely increase.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 450 Duval County school employees are reporting the need to self-isolate, according to the Duval County School District.

This comes after school officials sent out a survey to school employees asking where they traveled over spring break.

The district announced last week any students, teachers or staff returning from foreign travel to any country or anyone who returns from a cruise, anywhere, must self-isolate for 14 days. The school district announced Friday plans to extend spring break another week, with students returning to school on March 23.

The district said in an email to teachers they made the decision, in part, to allow the local community to begin implementation of the revised guidance about travel restrictions.

“It’s not a lot considering we have a school district of 13,000 employees,” Duval Teachers United President Terrie Brady said. “The thing that concerns me the most is only 7,600 answered the survey.”

Brady was also working to ensure that the educators who must self-isolate will not be penalized.

It’s still unclear how many Duval County students might need to self-isolate due to possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Duval County Public Schools is requesting parents and guardians to call the school if people in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high-risk; which includes China, Iran, South Korea, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland.


About the Authors:

Kelly Wiley, an award-winning investigative reporter, joined the News4Jax I-Team in June 2019.

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.