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Ohio governor says students won’t need to quarantine after coronavirus exposure under these circumstances


#Children exposed to classmates who tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer have to quarantine in #Ohio, #Gov. #Mike #DeWine announced #Wednesday.

“#Because of the data we now have, we’re changing our guidance and are no longer recommending that students who have been exposed to another COVID+ student quarantine – as long as all students have been wearing masks and the exposure took place in a classroom setting,” #DeWine tweeted #Wednesday afternoon.

#He added, however, that students should still quarantine if they failed to maintain mask or social distancing guidelines.

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“#Ultimately, this is one more step to keep our kids in the classroom – which is where we want them to be,” he said.

#Proponents of reopening schools amid the pandemic have argued that keeping children at home is bad for their mental health, and multiple studies have supported that notion.

#One, from the #California #Partners #Project, found that shutdowns were leaving teenagers struggling under social isolation and increased screentime.

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#Dr. #Robert #Redfield, director of the #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention, said earlier this month that schools are not a major source of coronavirus transmission and has been advocating more reopenings.

“#We now have substantial data that shows that schools’ face-to-face learning can be conducted in K-12, and particularly in the elementary and middle schools in a safe and responsible way,” he said, adding that teachers and students were more likely to contract the virus outside of the classroom.

#He also noted that in-person learning has positive effects on mental health and grants low-income students access to food programs.

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#And members of both parties were increasingly receptive to the idea of reopening schools.

#President-elect #Joe #Biden said during a conference call with governors that schools should reopen within his first 100 days in office as part of his coronavirus plan.

#And outgoing #Education #Secretary #Betsy #DeVos told #Fox #News earlier this month that prolonged closures are having “tragic” effects on children.

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“The conclusion is schools have got to reopen, particularly for the kids who are most vulnerable,” she told “#America’s #Newsroom.”

“#We see it being done safely and without incident or minimal incident across the country,” she later added. “#We are going to have a lost generation if we don’t heed that continued warning.”

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#Fox #New’s #David #Rutz and #Kayla #Rivas contributed to this report.



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