SANTA ANA, Fla.
— SANTA FE — SANTA FE ISLAND ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NO LONGER BE AUTHORIZED TO TELL NEW KIDS ON HOW TO PROTECT THEIR HEART BY REFRIGERATING THEIR HOSPITALS AND DISCHARGING THEM FROM THEIR FAMILIES.
The district, which serves about 15,000 students, is moving to allow parents to opt out of the policy in the coming months.
The school district is moving because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 has nearly tripled in the last three months.
So far, it has seen 1,811 hospitalizations and 1,923 deaths associated with the disease, including 628 deaths from COVID.
School Superintendent Dan Koller says the policy was made to be an option for students and teachers, not a blanket policy that would force students to evacuate.
It has not been shown to reduce COVID cases, he says.
He says the district has done everything it can to make the policy work.
“It’s a tough situation, but it’s not a difficult decision,” Koller said.
The district has not seen a change in cases from the prior year.
The district’s policy says students who have respiratory illness are advised to be outside for 24 hours.
But it also says that if students are in a classroom, it is OK to allow them to go outside if they are at home for 15 minutes or less.
“It is a simple policy that makes sense,” Kollar says.
“The district is working hard to implement it and make sure we do everything possible to make it a success.”
Koller says his district is also trying to educate students about respiratory illness and its impact on students.
He said they are also working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other state agencies to make sure people have the information they need.