Wausau School Board: close COVID-19 contacts can stay in school if they have no symptoms.

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 9:41 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - On Monday, the Wausau School Board voted in favor of having students and teachers that are a close COVID-19 contact stay in the classroom if they do not have any symptoms. The vote was 6-3 with no abstentions. The board also added students would need to quarantine immediately if they did develop symptoms. Also, it is highly encouraged for close contacts to get a test six to seven days after exposure to limit asymptomatic cases.

Members who voted against the motion believe parents will feel uncomfortable with the motion. Adding if parents are taking their kids out of the classroom, then it could have a negative effect on the achievement gap.

“Parents are pulling their kids. If we want to close that achievement gap, we need to keep this quarantine in here,” board member Ka Lo said.

Members in favor argued that students staying in the classroom is an active tactic to fight to improve the achievement gap.

“They’re being pulled out of school 2-3 weeks at a time. We have an achievement gap that we’re trying to address. Comparatively, we’re behind other districts in that regard because we spent more time out of school,” board member Jon Creisher said.

For more information on the motion, you can find that here.

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