Boonville Board of Education to continue discussions about loosening student quarantine procedures, essential workers | #Education


The Boonville Board of Education is set to discuss policies regarding student quarantine procedures, as well as deeming teachers and staff as “essential,” shortening quarantine time.

This comes after the board tabled those resolutions at a special meeting on Oct. 14, asking for more information from the Cooper County Health Department.

The meeting is set to start at 6 p.m. in the Boonville School Administration Building.

The policy being discussed on student quarantine is a trial set by the health department. Under the trial, if a student comes into contact with a positive case inside of the school, and both parties are wearing a mask, that student would still be allowed to come to class and would not have to quarantine.

This rule would only be allowed if masks are required throughout the whole district. The trial would be stopped if a student deemed a close contact while wearing a mask develops a COVID-19 infection.

ABC17 News reached out to the Cooper County Health Department about this rule, but did not immediately receive a response.

The board wanted more information about whether or not their youngest learners would be required to wear masks, therefore tabling the issue in a 6-1 vote. The essential worker issue was also tabled, awaiting more information.

The dissenting vote, Lisa Leathers said at the last meeting she believed students and staff should be back in the classroom, and they shouldn’t wait any longer.

ABC17 News will be at the meeting tonight. Check back here for updates and watch ABC17 News at 9 and 10 for a full report.

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