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Leon County Schools will give daily COVID-19 updates on new online dashboard

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 17:19:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leaders in Leon County Schools responded quickly to the first confirmed coronavirus case in the district as Florida reports more than 637,000 cases across the state.

Over the past week, just over 2,700 children tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of children impacted to more than 51,000.

At LCS, a parent notified the school of their child’s positive test result.

From there, it took a team about three hours to go through the contact tracing and notification plan outlined in the school's safe start guide.

LCS says the health department determined there were zero student exposures; however, two teachers have been quarantined out of an abundance of caution.

Scott Mazur, the president of the Leon Classroom Teachers Association, says this raises new concerns for teachers.

“It’s a grave concern about where teachers are and their safety because in all these cases of the exposures if people do not report properly report to the school any shape or form exposes everybody," said Mazur, "and that has an ability for it to go ahead and transition and transfer to other people that could maybe not impact them severely or their immediately household but somewhere down the line there’s going to be someone with a high-risk factor that’s going to be impacted.”

LCS emphasized several times the importance of parents keeping their children out of school if they have any symptoms that may be associated with COVID 19, and also from the time they receive COVID19 testing until they receive a negative test result.

LCS also plans to begin sharing daily updates on the number of cases at each of their schools in a dashboard they expect to make public on Monday.