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Uncertainty Lingers Around School Starts

Students are already showing positive COVID-19 results as kids are headed back to class.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 10:35 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 11:40 AM

The Tri-State remains on the losing side of the battle against COVID-19, as the return the classroom is upon us.

This, amid sobering comments from top state leaders on both sides of the Ohio as kids are heading back to school.

And as north of the Tri-State, an Avon High School student--in Hendricks County--has tested positive for the virus.

"Do I think we're in position now for schools to reopen the third week of August?" asked Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky. "I'm watching the numbers very carefully this week. If it were today, I would suggest that they delay. We're still in a very uncertain area."

Governor beshear added he's considering making another recommendation: to push the start of school in the Bluegrass back even further.

Top medical experts across the Tri-State are also keeping a careful eye as the first schools begin opening their doors.

But parents are struggling to decide what the best learning options are for their kids:

“I think for a lot of parents it’s just that emotional roller coaster. Decision fatigue," Cindy Wallace described. "We just really want to make the best choice for our kids.”

Medical experts may be limited when it comes to sharing word of COVID-19 cases.

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"There's a lot of interest in knowing about positive cases in schools. But there are a number of issues at play as we are thinking about this," said Dr. Kristina Box, with Indiana State Department of Health, "First, many of these cases will involve minors, which requires us to look carefully about what data can be shared and how. Secondly, unlike long term care, we have to navigate both HIPAA and FERPA privacy rules. I want to emphasize having a case of COVID in a school should not be a cause of panic, or a reason to close. It's a reason to take action to prevent an outbreak."

On top of it, for students who value athletics along with their studies, the Hoosier State's top doctor saying, effectively, play at your own risk.

"We have certainly seen cases from these contact sports, from these teams of individuals getting infected, and that's to be expected. I've said all along that I think this is a decision that will be made not only locally, at the community level with the schools, and the public health people in the community, but also with each family. That being said, we will see more cases of COVID with these contact sports, because you just cannot do wrestling and some of these other sports without being in each others' face."

Thursday will see more Catholic schools in Evansville bring their students back.

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