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How does Critical Infrastructure designation impact school staff?

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During the Chester County Board of Education meeting Aug. 20, the board revisited how the United States Department of Homeland Security has recognized k-12 education as a critical infrastructure, and how Chester County schools will be seen as such.
This effects essential employees only which include certified staff (district and school level), and classified staff (district and school level). This does not affect students.
The essential workers will continue to work if they are merely in close contact with one who has the virus. They will be monitored daily for symptoms and will not work once symptoms develop.
Additionally, the essential staff who are close contacts must self-quarantine when not at school for work and should not attend athletic or extracurricular activities.
If they test positive after being in close contact, he or she must isolate and their close contacts must be identified. If tested negative, he or she should retest in three days.
Norris Frank, board of education member, voted against the adoption of this policy for the Chester County Schools with the concern of it still spreading from the teachers to the children if they happen to be asymptomatic. However, the rest of the board voted in favor of it.
“Our first responsibility is not getting other kids or staff members sick,” said board member Shane Connor who ended up voting in favor of it. “That’s my only drawback.
“Certainly, you are right, there are risks, … but it’s about weighing those risks,” said the Chester County Schools Attorney Christopher Hayden in response to Shane’s concerns.
“Just like nurses and doctors at the hospital. Just like factory workers, the government is saying that there is obviously risks in allowing people to work while they potentially are infected, but there’s also this distinct benefit to the community that you have to weigh.”
At the meeting, the attendees also honored Dwight Bingham, Bob Moore, and Ronald Johnson for their many years of service to the county on the board of education.
In total among them, they served 79 years.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. September 17 at the Board of education office.
With the new board members Becky Hutcherson, Jeff Harris and Ben Cupples starting then, a new board of education Chairman and Vice-Chairman will be selected then.

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