Just over one week into the school year, more than 300 students and teachers have had to quarantine in Martin County, Florida, over concerns of possible coronavirus cases.
Laurie Gaylord, superintendent of the county school district, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that schools decided to open on time following the emergency order from the state education commissioner to reopen all brick-and-mortar schools.
Gaylord said “it’s a possibility” that she would’ve kept school closed to in-person learning if there wasn’t an emergency order. There is a digital option for students, and Gaylord said they’ve shipped out at least 12,000 laptops.
She said it’s important for kids to be back in school, citing not just teacher-student interaction but mental and physical wellness for students.
“It’s the safest place sometimes for some of our students to be,” she added.
Gaylord said there are safety guidelines like social distancing, masks, outdoor lunches, one-way hallways and more.