Volusia County

Volusia County Schools discuss reopening plans

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Volusia County school board met Wednesday to discuss the district’s 66-page proposed reopening plan. Administrators are offering two virtual options. They also detailed what to expect if you want your children to return to the classroom.

On the bus, students must wear masks and sit in assigned seats.

“More air circulation is going to be critical so we will crack the two front windows and two back windows,” an administrator said.

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Then once at school, staff members and students will have to undergo daily temperature checks on campus.

In the classroom, student work stations will be separated to the greatest extent possible and students will be strongly encouraged to keep their masks on during instruction.

Then just before leaving for another classroom officials said all student desks will be disinfected by the student assigned to that desk under teacher supervision.

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But a big question on a lot of people’s minds is what happens if a student or employee is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19? The district has a plan for several different scenarios.

For example, if a student has COVID-19-like symptoms, the district stated it will isolate the student, notify administration and then contact a parent or guardian for pickup.

It will then remove any student or staff member who was in the same area as the student and the area will be cleaned.

A letter will go out to parents, primary contacts and teachers once it’s confirmed the student does have COVID-19.

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Those affected will quarantine and participate in virtual learning until they test negative for the virus.

Some people called in to urge the board not to offer face-to-face instruction while others picketed outside.

The board decided to meet again Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to vote on the reopening plans.

They will listen to the public’s comments beforehand.

Read the plan below:

Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett, WFTV.com

Reporter Steve Barrett returned to WFTV in mid-2017 after 18 months in the Twin Cities, where he worked as Vice President of Communications for an Artificial Intelligence software firm aligned with IBM.