Brevard Public Schools ceases COVID-19 contact tracing due to lack of resources

WESH 2 – The Brevard County School Board announced on Tuesday, in a note to parents, that there will be no more contact tracing of students or staff who test positive for COVID-19.

“Parents were alerted if their child was a close contact and encouraged to quarantine. It was the parent’s choice to quarantine or not. So this now, working with the state, takes away the contact tracing,” according to Russell Bruhn of Brevard Public Schools.

This change comes just a week after Brevard Schools had a record number of new COVID-19 cases. Parents will still get notifications of positive cases, just not specific contact tracing details.

There will be two versions of notifications, one that goes to the entire school and one that will go to the students in the class with the positive case.

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“It’s helpful to have the more specific information. Because ultimately, kids will cross paths in the school. And when you get that general letter that someone in the school has tested positive email, as a parent, most of the time I ignore that one,” Dr. Lizabeth Saint-Hilaire in the pediatrics department of OMNI Healthcare says.

The school board says that they no longer have the resources for the tracing. State government priorities have shifted.

“This is really the state’s decision. This is not something we decided to do,” Bruhn said.

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