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Unintentional school reopening SNAFU/rant

Yesterday was virtual, today was in-person (with half-sized classes, masks, etc).

Son started 4th grade, daughter 2nd. About 10am, we get a call from the school nurse saying daughter is complaining of a sore throat and stomachache. She had mentioned these at home, but is prone to a bit of hypochondria and it rarely amounts to anything.

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Nonetheless, they asked us to come pick her up. 2 hours of freedom, yay! School nurse recommends a strep test at the pediatrician, which we’ll go ahead and do just to rule it out (hooray, another $150 doctor visit we don’t need).

30 minutes later: “Um, you need to come pick up your son, too. It’s an issue of close contact.”

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“Close contact with what?”

“A sick sibling.”

“But she has a sore throat, that’s just one of the 15 listed COVID symptoms. It’s also just a symptom of...you know...a sore throat.”

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“It’s the policy we have to follow to keep the schools open, sorry.”

So now my son is home crying after having his new friendships, recess, and lunch cut short after 5 months with no social contact, and by no fault of his own.

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Such a weird policy when we all know it’s the asymptomatic kids that will take us all down...

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