5,600 Hillsborough students quarantined due to COVID-19; emergency school board meeting this Wednesday

5,600 Hillsborough students quarantined due to COVID-19;  emergency school board meeting this Wednesday

Thousands of students in Hillsborough County public schools are being quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

As of Monday, the school district said 5,599 students are either isolated due to a positive case or in quarantine due to exposure. That’s an increase of about 1,200 students from Friday, when officials said 4,477 students were to be quarantined.

The number includes students who either tested positive or were exposed to a positive case without masks.

The district does not require vaccinated students to be quarantined after exposure unless they develop symptoms.

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Meanwhile, 316 school district employees are also in quarantine, which is a ratio from 289 on Friday.

Hillsborough County School Board is holding an emergency meeting Wednesday at 13.00 to discuss the latest consequences and the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus, “even mandatory face covering for all students and staff”, a statement from said district.

The board allows one hour of public comment at the meeting, which will be held in the school board’s auditorium.

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