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Board of Education approves change for contact tracing and quarantining protocols

At the Sept. 13 Special Called meeting, the Union County Board of Education voted effective immediately, to halt all staff responsibilities regarding contact tracing and quarantining for students and staff, except as required by law.

The statutory authority of managing contact tracing and quarantining is that of Union County Public Health.

As required by law, school nurses, administrators and school staff will continue to address positive, presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

All students and staff who do not have a positive COVID-19 test or symptoms, should return to school or work immediately.

If a student or staff member has the following symptoms: fever or chills, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, headache, they should stay home, stay away from others and call their health care provider. 

Students and staff who have been isolated due to a positive case or COVID-19 symptoms, should not report to school or work until they have completed 10 days of isolation, symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

Face coverings are still optional for students and staff in Union County Public Schools.

Link to Sept. 13 Special Called Meeting:


Published Sept. 13, 2021