St. Johns County recounts pandemic procedures for returning students

As St. Johns County students head back to school, there are new rules that are put in place to protect staff and students.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Thousands of students are enrolled in online learning in the St. Johns County School district but most of them are heading back in the building for the first day of school.

News4Jax visited Valley Ridge and Liberty Pines Academy last week, as teachers prepared for today.

Classrooms have been rearranged for social distancing and where social distancing isn’t possible, desk shields were installed.

There is also will be a limit on the number of students per classroom and masks will be provided if a student doesn’t have one or loses theirs.

Classrooms and hallways are also stocked up on items like hand sanitizer. High-touch areas will also have more protection.

The district has also addressed some frequently asked questions ahead of the new school year, including what happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19

  • Per CDC guidelines, only those with close personal contact to the student must quarantine.
  • The CDC defines close personal contact as being within 6 feet of a positive individual for 15 minutes.
  • Visitor and volunteer access to campus will be restricted.

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