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44 more Martin County students under quarantine for coronavirus concerns

35 Port Salerno Elementary School students affected
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Posted at 5:59 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 18:13:25-04

PORT SALERNO, Fla. — The Martin County School District said Friday that 44 more students will have to quarantine because of coronavirus concerns.

Spokeswoman Jennifer DeShazo said 35 Port Salerno Elementary School students, which included one classroom and one bus route, will transition to remote learning. Also, four employees at the school will quarantine.

DeShazo said nine Pinewood Elementary School students and one employee at the school will transition to remote learning.

The school district said officials at Port Salerno Elementary notified the affected families and employees Thursday afternoon upon receiving confirmation from the Department of Health that transition criteria had been met.

Pinewood Elementary notified affected individuals Friday morning after receiving their confirmation.

For all quarantines and transitions to remote learning, the district said they follow guidance issued by the Department of Health Martin County.

Transitioning to virtual learning is carried out using the following criteria, according to the school district:

1) An individual has tested positive for COVID-19, and the action is necessary for the contacts of this person

2) An individual is experiencing symptoms and is a close contact of someone who has tested positive, thus requiring this action for their contacts (presumptive positive)

Public schools in Martin County resumed on Aug. 11 and have faced a series of quarantines at a number of schools.

The school district is asking students to stay home when they are experiencing symptoms of illness, or if anyone in their household is symptomatic, awaiting test results or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Employees must stay home from work when they are experiencing symptoms of illness, awaiting test results or if they have tested positive for COVID-19.