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Hillsborough Superintendent To Students Awaiting Covid Test Results: Stay Home

TAMPA, Fla. — Since students returned to the classroom in Hillsborough County on Monday, nine students have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a spokesperson for the district, at least two of those students went to school on Monday as they were waiting for their test results to come back. While they were at school, the district learned they were positive.

What You Need To Know

  • Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Davis urging parents to keep sick kids or kids awaiting Covid test results at home
  • Davis also said parents should be doing home checks on children before school
  • Hillsborough County Schools Coronavirus Dashboard

Superintendent Addison Davis is urging parents to keep their kids home if they are symptomatic, asymptomatic but had known exposure to the virus, or if they are waiting for test results.

“This is an inclusive effort. We have got to make certain that parents are with us, they’re doing their at home checks with their learner to determine whether or not they have symptoms. If they don’t feel well, please keep them home and we’re here to be a partner in that process,” said Superintendent Davis.

He said the district will work with families to make sure students have access to remote learning while they stay home. 

The students who tested positive are now isolating.

Any other students who were within six feet of those students for more than 15 minutes will also quarantine.

Superintendent Davis said the focus now is making sure parents are doing health checks with their kids in the morning and keeping them home if they have symptoms or if it’s suspected they have the virus. 

The district has a dashboard that is updated daily with how many positive cases are identified in each school. Superintendent Davis says the district is monitoring it closely to identify possible trends.

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