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.
Have you recently travelled to any of these countries? Our team is ready to help you create a plan for safe return. Call 904-390-2999 before coming to any school.— DCPS (@DuvalSchools) March 12, 2020
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