ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Parents in St. Johns County have a new tool to combat the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
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The St. Johns County School District has an online form for parents to report if their child tests positive for COVID-19. The district requires, not requires, that parents use the form.
This is in addition to the 19 pandemic health and safety protocols already in place in the St. Johns County School District.
For more context, here is an overview of the district’s situation regarding the number of positive cases among students. According to the latest data of February 3, 2022:
- 776 students have tested positive for COVID-19, or nearly 0.02% of students in the district.
- 137 students were quarantined, or 0.003% of students in the district.
Whitney Wollenberg told Action News Jax she thinks the new COVID-19 reporting form is a good thing.
“I think any little bit of information, additional information, is always a good thing,” Wollenberg said.
The mother-of-two told Cole she has a kindergartener and a second-grader who attend Palencia Primary School.
“I think it’s only as good as the information the parents put in it,” Wollenberg explained.
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The form asks:
- Names and contact details of parents
- Student name
- When their child’s COVID-19 symptoms started
- When their child was tested
- What type of COVID-19 test was used
“You know, the kids are out there, exposed to germs all the time. Whether they have a symptom or not, you don’t always know. It’s helpful, but it’s not necessarily decisive for me,” Wollenberg said.
Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UF Health, said he thought it was a great information tool for the district.
“I think it’s good for additional information. It can’t be the only way we’re trying to fight this pandemic. But as an additional tool, in a multi-pronged approach to reducing the risk of infection in the school system,” Dr. Rathore said.
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Dr Rathore, also a professor and associate head of the Department of Pediatrics, said the goal should always be to get as many eligible staff, students and faculty vaccinated.
“And then, of course, masks and social distancing are important, as well as contact tracing and information gathering,” Dr Rathore said.
The school district is also making another change you’ll want to know about:
Now, if a student in your child’s class tests positive, they will notify all parents of students in that particular class. Previously, the district said it only contacted parents they believe to be in close contact.
The St. Johns County School District spokesperson said he plans to use the forms for as long as necessary.
For the COVID-19 school form, click on HERE.
For the SJC School District Dashboard, click HERE.
For SJC COVID-19 health and safety protocols, click HERE.
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