Hundreds of students and staff in the Escambia County School District are missing school due to COVID-19. Due to the increase, the district suspended field trips, canceled large student gatherings and events during the school day, and suspended volunteer access to campuses.
Late Tuesday evening, the district reported 125 students and 45 staff who tested positive for COVID-19. There were 365 students and 52 staff out of school because they tested positive, are awaiting test results, or are in quarantine due to close contact with a case.
The Escambia County School District immediately reinstated the COVID-19 safety measure on Tuesday.
These measures include
- cancellation of open days for all schools.
- Suspend visitor access for volunteers and mentors.
- Suspend large student gatherings and events during the school day.
- Suspend field trips. Exceptions are allowed for travel involving competitions and performances.
- Encourage social distancing, where possible.
- Encourage frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer.
- Continue specialized cleaning techniques and disinfect classrooms and common areas in schools
“We were prepared for the students to go on field trips and for the volunteers to return, but the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to rise since the first day of school. These security measures are implemented to protect students and employees, ”said Superintendent Tim Smith.
The measures will be reassessed in early October.