School Leaders on High Alert as The New Strain Emerges

According to state health officials currently 14% of active COVID-19 cases are school aged children in Indiana.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 10:43 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2021 7:34 AM

As some students return back to the classroom school officials and doctors say with the new strain of the virus detected now is the time to be more aware than ever before.

Those doctors are eminding parents to monitor their children for the virus at home, before they leave for school reducing the chances for spread in classrooms.

According to state health officials currently, 14% of active COVID-19 cases are school aged children in Indiana.

Teenage boys between the age of 15 and 19 account for more than half of the cases inside Indiana classrooms.  Top health experts blaming contact sports, adding teenagers are more independent putting themselves more situations to be exposed.

EVSC leaders say they have safe plans in place to protect students and staff.

"We are really continuing the safety protocols that have been in place this entire year that have proven to be effective, so far, we have seen very little if any evidence I’ve spread within our buildings" says EVSC spokesperson Jason Woebkenberg.

When it comes to staff members, female teachers between the age of 40 to 49 were the hardest hit demographic inside school buildings in the last six months in the Hoosier state.

The new mutation of the virus has local doctors oh high alert.

"Our schools are very, very, very vigilant about teaching students remotely or in pods in case there is an illness or an outbreak of infection" says Deaconess Midtown Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Gina Huhnke.

EVSC leaders say social distancing, mask wearing and proper hygiene inside learning spaces are enforced and more critical than ever before.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has supported measures to make sure schools get the dollars they were promised for the current school year, regardless of instruction method.

Gov. Holcomb also encouraged schools to keep their doors open, if possible.

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