With twins at Pocalla Springs Primary School, Bridget Conyers says she’s in a tough spot with one child in quarantine and the other still in school.
After contact tracing of a positive COVID-19 case in Pocalla Springs on Thursday, school officials called Conyers and said her son Mason should be quarantined as he was determined to be a “contact. narrow “, but not his daughter Charli.
The 8-year-olds are not in the same class and Charli has been determined not to be “close contact” with the positive case at school.
In the scenario, Charli is essentially a “close contact” of a “close contact,” and under current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she is considered a “third-party contact” and can continue in school, while mom monitors her condition.
Before he can return to Pocalla Springs after a 10-day period, Mason must have a negative COVID-19 test, but Conyers said if he is positive then the policy seems counterproductive.
“Great, if it’s negative, but if it’s positive? ” she said. “Then, in the meantime, because Charli wasn’t in quarantine either, so she takes the germs to school and nobody knows that.”
Fortunately, Mason’s COVID-19 test on Friday was negative, Conyers said, but many parents in the district are in a similar position if they have siblings.
“It’s a very close contact to be in the same household,” she said. “That does not make any sense.”
A district spokeswoman said the district continues to ask all parents to monitor their child’s condition every day and not send them to school if they are sick.
As of Monday afternoon, the district had 1,347 students in quarantine, including positive cases of COVID-19, according to its COVID-19 dashboard, but its largest school – Sumter High School – had not entered any data. It was the only school that did not include data in the district scorecard.
AND THE LIBERTY STEAM CHARTER?
Sumter’s new public charter school, Liberty STEAM Charter School, had 48 students – or two classes – in quarantine on Monday afternoon, according to Chief of Staff Trevor Ivey. This represents 25% of the total enrollment of 192 Liberty students. In its first year and located at 15 School Street, Liberty has nine classes in total this fall.