St. Johns County schools changes how it notifies parents, rolls out online COVID-19 reporting form

District will let all parents in classroom know if there is a positive case with another student

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The St. Johns County School District is changing how it reports positive coronavirus cases in its classrooms.

The district will now let all parents in each classroom know if there is a positive case with another student. Before the district would only notify people who came in close contact with a student.

According to a letter sent to parents on Thursday evening, the district is also asking parents to use an optional online form to report positive cases for students.

“By making this adjustment, we can notify parents faster and more efficiently,” the district said. “We continue to ask you to monitor your child for symptoms and keep them home if they are not well. We want students to be in school learning and we also want children healthy and safe.”

If parents still want to discuss their child’s COVID-19 scenario in detail, they can bypass the form and call the District COVID Support Team at 904-547-8230.

The district also has a “Positive Student Return to School Calculator,” which can be used to calculate when students may return to school after a positive test result.

As of Thursday, there were 105 total COVID-19 positive employees and 776 COVID-19 positive students in the district.

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