Hundreds of Boonville High School students in quarantine

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BOONVILLE, Ind (WEHT) Warrick County Schools Superintendent Brad Schneider confirms to Eyewitness News that 179 students are currently in quarantine because of possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Schneider says the quarantines started on Sept. 21, and they are not connected to any single case. He says many of the students who are in quarantine were not exposed to the virus at school.

The superintendent emphasizes that the quarantines do not mean the students have tested positive, rather they have come in close contact with somebody who has tested positive.

The quarantines started last week, but only 6 of the more than 170 of those who have been asked to quarantine actually tested positive for COVID-19.

“Sometimes, people look at quarantine as those kids are positive or they’ve been infected and that’s not the case. The majority of students who were quarantined will not come down with COVID, or have symptoms of COVID,” Schneider said. He also says a reason for the number of quarantines is that two of the positive cases were on school sports teams. Games and other events related to those teams were rescheduled.

“We’ve quarantined members of both of those squads. Games have been cancelled,” he explained.

Schneider says the positive cases stem from outside the school, and may have started as far back as Labor Day weekend. He also says no one can get complacent as the school year goes on.

“Sometimes, complacency can set in, so we want to make sure we’re relaying that message that it’s important to continue what we’ve done,” said Schneider.

He adds many of those currently quarantining should be done with it as soon as the end of this week.

Schneider adds that the mitigation plan they developed for the school over the summer is working, and they will keep kids in school for as long as they are safely able to do. The quarantined students are continuing their learning online.

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(This story was originally published on Sept. 28, 2020)

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