Florida school district says teachers exposed to COVID-19 but are asymptomatic ...

A Florida public school district will allow teachers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to school and teach if they are asymptomatic, according to a policy change Tuesday. 

Polk County Public Schools is reporting 12 cases of COVID-19 connected to Lakeland High School and Harrison School for the Arts, which share a campus, according to the district's online dashboard. 

The shocking policy change comes after reports that dozens of teachers and nearly 300 students are under quarantine at the schools, but the district hasn't released an official number on how many people are quarantined. 

'[Teachers] will have the option of continuing to work or can self-quarantine if they have concerns,’ Kenny Kennedy with Polk County Public Schools media relations said in a statement to News Channel 8. 

Florida's Polk County Public Schools district will allow teachers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to school and teach if they're asymptomatic. The decision comes as 12 cases of COVID-19 have been reported connected to Lakeland High School and Harrison School for the Arts, which share a campus

Florida's Polk County Public Schools district will allow teachers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to school and teach if they're asymptomatic. The decision comes as 12 cases of COVID-19 have been reported connected to Lakeland High School and Harrison School for the Arts, which share a campus

'If they continue working, these teachers must also monitor their temperature and symptoms, practice social distancing and have their work areas cleaned more frequently,' he added.

Teachers who live with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus are required to self-quarantine.

Six new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday involved people under quarantine, the district said in an email to parents. 

Outgoing school board member Billy Townsend said he believes the policy was changed because too many teachers were being placed under quarantine.

'Rather than just be honest about that and say that directly, they put out this nonsense about protecting people’s safety. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with capacity,' he said. 

Townsend said to The Ledger he heard that 25 teachers and approximately 300 students are quarantined at Lakeland High School and Harrison School for the Arts.

School board member Billy Townsend says he heard that 25 teachers and approximately 300 students are quarantined from Lakeland High School and Harrison School for the Arts, but officials haven't released a number of how many people are quarantined

School board member Billy Townsend says he heard that 25 teachers and approximately 300 students are quarantined from Lakeland High School and Harrison School for the Arts, but officials haven't

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