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LCS Reopen Task Force recommends daily health screenings for school staff, increased visual monitoring

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 18:18:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — Leon County's Schools Re-Open Schools Task Force met Monday morning to discuss new policies and procedures for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Topping the list of concerns is the use of masks for students, faculty, and staff.

The task force recommends keeping hygiene kits on hand, with extra masks and sanitizing agents available on each bus and classroom.

They also plan to ask teachers to visually-monitor each student and check temperatures at the door.

The district would then use more than 3,000 cameras to monitor and trace interactions for students and administrators.

"We'll make sure that we are providing for daily health screenings at the school for staff members," said Brett Shively, the director of Human Resources for Leon County Schools. "Obviously this would be separate from the students, but making sure that we have good record-keeping associated with those, as well as establishing consistent and centralized protocol for reporting instances, positive tests."

The district will now require students to be fever-free for 72-hours before returning to school.

Other preventive measures include eliminating locker use, minimizing social activities and adjusting meal periods.

LCS expects to make a final plan available to parents by July 1.