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Tennessee Teachers Can Remain In Classrooms After Exposure To COVID, According to New Policy

Newsweek |

According to the Tennessean, several school districts across the state have deemed teachers as part of the “critical infrastructure,” the designation allows teachers to still come to work if they have either been exposed to the novel coronavirus or are living with someone that has tested positive. To come back to work, teachers must show no symptoms of the virus and are required to wear a mask.

A letter from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Education, notes that “any critical infrastructure designation by a school district is not being adopted pursuant to any State-endorsed framework or authority.” The letter also states that while anyone who tests positive for the virus should self-isolate for 10 days, school districts across the state “may adopt policies and choose to exempt certain staff,” and designate them as essential employees.