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CARES Act funds will help Leon County Schools' nurses treat asymptomatic students

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 18:23:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Schools will be getting federal help this fall to keep kids safe.

The Florida Department of Health says 40 health monitors will be hired this school year.

Health monitors will help nurses to work with children who have been identified as symptomatic. They'll be in isolation where they will pre-screen them and monitor whether or not they will need to go home or not.

They'll be hired using $220,000 of CARES Act funds.

The state health department says this is meant to ease the burden on staff, as there are a lot of new rules to follow starting next month.

"Schools are going to be very busy complying with all the new guidance as school reopens," said Claudia Blackburn with the Florida Department of Health. "So we're hoping this funding will help them to lessen the burden on what to do if you have many sick children."

The money will also go toward masks and gloves for the schools.