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Highland County schools: Superintendents discuss school quarantines

The Times-Gazette |

As an increasing number of students and staff members are exposed to COVID-19, local school districts face quarantines that, in some cases, have kept many Highland County students at home. Local public superintendents discussed what quarantine looks like for their students.

At Bright Local, students are provided with lessons through online learning platforms, superintendent Mike Bick said in an email. “Any time a student is not receiving direct instruction it differs from the classroom environment,” Bick wrote. “Any time a student or staff member is under quarantine impacts instruction.”

At Fairfield Local, quarantined students take their school-issued Chromebooks and textbooks home to complete work that their teachers assign through Google Classroom, superintendent Tim Dettwiller said in an email. Dettwiller and other Fairfield administrators made the decision to briefly close Fairfield Elementary earlier this month as the number of elementary staff members in quarantine created staffing issues, especially with the countywide shortage of substitute teachers.

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