NASSAU COUNTY, Florida. – Some Nassau County parents are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to tracking the number of COVID-19 cases in their children’s classrooms.
They set up a social media network among themselves because there is currently no school breakdown of case numbers in the Nassau County’s school district. This is just one of the inquiries healthcare providers are asking in a letter – received by News4Jax – to members of the Nassau County School Board.
As of Monday, the NCSD Parent Covid Tracking Facebook group had more than 2,000 members. The resource is not run by school officials, but rather by parents who have also created a form to report a child with COVID-19.
The group’s creators call it a community action and ask that no names be given, but rather ask parents to report the school, class and teacher affected by COVID-19.
One parent wrote on Sunday: “HES first graders, fever started on August 1st. Health department called on 8/5 positive test. Until 08/13 in quarantine. “
The group even provides parents with information about a possible COVID-19 transmission on the bus.
“Yulee Middle, tested positive. Bus number 418, ”wrote another parent.
The evolution of the Facebook page follows one Nassau County School Committee meeting in late August when some parents asked to break the COVID-19 case numbers provided by the district by school.
For now, the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard only lists the number of new COVID-19 cases and the number of staff and students quarantined. Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns said the school-to-school breakdown of cases is a labor force issue.
“We have a person in prevention and intervention who handles it and works every night until 8 or 9 o’clock. “Burns said last month.
Local health workers are also putting pressure on members of the school board in Nassau County, where Students can opt out of the district’s mask mandatewho send a letter on Monday morning, some of which reads:
“Like other districts, we would like to propose stricter requirements for the mask mandate. The opt-out should only be given to people who have medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing. Transparency is another issue. If a student or teacher tests positive, the ENTIRE class should be notified immediately. Parents should have the right to keep their children at home if a classmate has Covid. “
News4Jax spoke briefly to school board member Lissa Braddock, who said she had not read the letter, citing the Labor Day holidays. She said that she and other board members will not be able to speak until the head of the school board has also read the letter and reviewed the letter’s requests.
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