Union County BOE adopts joint resolution on COVID-19 protocols – Community News

Union County BOE adopts joint resolution on COVID-19 protocols

Two groups met outside the school board meeting, where district leaders discuss and vote on a measure to support the end of some COVID-19 protocols.

UNION COUNTY, NC — The Union County Board of Education met at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a resolution tabled by Union County leaders calling on state leaders to end certain COVID-19 protocols in public schools.

The Education Council in the end the resolution passed in an 8-1 vote. UCPS board member John J. Kirkpatrick IV was the only “no” vote.

The joint resolution calls on North Carolina to end contact tracing and COVID-19 quarantine protocols currently in place for public school students by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Part of the resolution says both sides are calling on the state to “take all measures necessary to end the practice of contact tracing and student quarantine on or before January 19, 2022.”

Students currently in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 protocols are asked to remain in quarantine and isolation at this time and follow their school’s instructions.

At least two groups of parents gathered outside the Union County Public Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday, which came just a day after county leaders tabled a joint resolution to end certain COVID-19 protocols in schools. A group of parents supported a mask mandate in schools. Another group gathered in support of the measure.

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“This is a huge step in the right direction and I am so proud of Union County for being leaders in challenging the quarantine rules that are taxing us all,” said parent Jessica Cook.

Other parents say, instead of relief, that the decision to approve the resolution worries them.

“All that does is endanger all these children and their families,” said SOS Union County parent K. Lee Smith. “Now they won’t even know when they’ve been exposed. They’ll take it home to their grandparents, aunts and uncles. It will spread throughout the community.”

Union County was in the headlines throughout the 2021-2022 school year as district leaders enforced a mask-optional policy for students and staff.

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In September, district and county health leaders reached an agreement on identifying and excluding students and staff with COVID-19, as well as identifying close contacts. As part of the agreement, the county health department and the school district will share responsibility for contact tracing: the district will provide “sufficient” information about likely close contacts of positive cases in the classroom to the health department, which will then arrange for isolation and quarantine information to students and staff.

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