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Schools prepare to open for class

Posted at 8:11 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 21:11:23-04

SUAMICO, Wis (NBC 26) -- On Wednesday the superintendent of the Howard/Suamico School District said the safety of students and staff is their top priority going into the upcoming school year. It was at the school district's weekly COVID-19 task force meeting where staff discussed strategies they are planning for in the upcoming reopening of the school year.

The district's superintendent, Damian LaCroix, says the district is leaning on public feedback and on public health officials to try and determine how to bring kids back to school in the safest way possible, even with the serious risks that COVID-19 presents.

"We're taking all that feedback, using it to inform decisions. Even as specific as to what happens if an employee has COVID. And it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when."

School districts across northeast Wisconsin will be relying on public health officials for guidance in the months ahead for support in circumstances where students or staff test positive for the virus.

LaCroix says that if a student or teacher does contract the virus, in many cases, it would lead to a 14-day isolation period for the person infected. He adds that contact tracing would be used in circumstances where other students or staff may have been in contact with the individual who tested positive.