Our first school Covid-19 alert / no school for the next group

Yesterday we received a notice from our youngest’s class that the teacher had been exposed to a person testing positive for Covid-19. It was made evident this was during a timeframe in which the teacher had either not come into contact with the children (eg: Friday night or something,) or would not have been a spreader at that early in the game, and a letter was attached from the principal.

The text of the letter said the teacher was out until November 5th or 6th, and most people focused on that line and didn’t get through the rest evidently by the next email.

Due to the next set of kids 5-8 not going back to school this week due to case loads in Nashville, or perhaps just due to having an abundance of volunteers, our quarantined teacher will be teaching remotely while the kids are in the classroom being supervised by an adult. Very odd situation to go from virtual, to in person, to in class but the teacher’s virtual.

So yeah, following CDC and Metro guidelines a teacher who tests negative but has been around someone gets to sit out for basically two weeks from date of exposure, but you know politicians who are going and speaking in groups who their entire close staff tests positive are out there going strong.

In other news, the next round of school children who were supposed to start today are not. Nashville’s numbers started going up as surrounding counties dropped their mask mandates and that knocked the plans on their butts. So yeah, great job surrounding counties for not doing the one thing that would have helped.

Mandates went back into effect after being dropped for 3 weeks, so by about mid-November we might see numbers going in the right direction again.

Hospital beds in Nashville filled with people from surrounding counties, case load and contact tracing generally pointing to surrounding counties, yeah… lovely.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.