DeSantis: Healthy students should not have to quarantine if classmates test positive for COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis said healthy students should not have to go home to quarantine because classmates tested positive for COVID-19.

DeSantis also said school closures cause catastrophic damage to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of young people.

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While touring a school with education commissioner Richard Corcoran on Tuesday, DeSantis talked about how well schools across the state have been doing with in-person face-to-face learning despite the pandemic.

But one area he said needs improvement is how schools deal with quarantining students who come into contact with other students who test positive.

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“If someone is symptomatic, by all means isolate and have them stay home until they recover,” DeSantis said. “But someone who has had a glancing exposure in a hall way or something, then to say they are out for two weeks when they’re perfectly healthy is not, I think, the way to go.”

DeSantis recently announced the state will be buying millions of rapid tests and that some of them will be sent to school districts.

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Myrt Price joined the eyewitness news team as a general assignment reporter in October of 2012.

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