Iowa and Montana Schools Are Moving Desks Around Every 15 Minutes to Bypass COVID Guidelines
Public health guidelines are very clear that anyone exposed to coronavirus should self-isolate for 14 days. In Iowa, exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 consecutive minutes. That has led to a bizarre arrangement at some schools, the Iowa Starting Line reports.
In Iowa, some school districts are playing a game of musical chairs in order to skirt mandatory quarantining for students exposed to COVID-19, a method health experts warn may only put students at greater risk for infection.
Since early September, Waukee and Woodbury Central Community School Districts have told teachers to get students up and walking around every 12-14 minutes in order to minimize consecutive time spent next to classmates. The 14-minute limit would allow most students to remain learning in-person even if someone in the classroom tests positive for COVID-19…
Educators in various Northwest Iowa schools have also been encouraged to move students around every 14 minutes, said Uniserv Director at Iowa State Education Association Amy DeGroot-Hammer.
At some Montana schools, teachers are doing the same thing.
School officials claim they’re trying to keep students safe, not skirt public health guidelines. Whether it’s cunning or ignorance, health experts agree. Exposure is exposure. Do not do this.