In response to a reported case of COVID-19, K-12 school administrators and teachers in one California district must navigate the myriad, interlocking actions as outlined below:Placer-COVID-19-Student-Diagram-Flowchart-2
While everything works in theory, when created in a vacuum, the theory may be less useful in practice. One teacher shared that their school nurses, working in conjunction with the county public health officials, have already amended the chart multiple times just given the two initial cases reported at their school.
Furthermore, keep in mind, K-12 school officials, for the most part, are dependent on families or staff to report their COVID diagnosis. Most districts do not have the resources to mandate regular testing, like many colleges across the U.S.
If families simply choose to keep their children home, and informally, through the parent networks, notify those who may have been most exposed (as I’ve heard families are doing), then school officials may continue functioning without any impetus to trigger a response that may protect the well-being of their school community.
Teachers and school administrators have added responsibilities in educating the youngest generations as the COVID-related health emergency extends. Thus, as more school district officials debate when to return to a five day in-person school week, accounting for the additional complexities in the learning process will be prudent.
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