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What happens if a child has coronavirus when schools reopen, and how can districts prevent stigma?

Cleveland Plain Dealer |

As counties across Ohio teeter on the edge of the highest risk status in the state’s color coded coronavirus alert system, districts are still developing the basics of back-to-school plans — like whether schools will open at all.

But after the basic plans roll out, difficult decisions still lie ahead, including what happens if a student is diagnosed with COVID-19. While tracing the virus through classrooms and common spaces, districts also have to protect student privacy and prevent social conflict around the virus.

There are two aspects to handling this: a procedure on how to notify those affected and creating an environment in schools where the virus isn’t stigmatized.