The pandemic has taken a tragic turn in one Florida school district where at least 17 district employees have died. At least 17 Polk County staff members have died from COVID-19. The school district says 12 have died since returning to school in August and five died before returning. It’s not known where the employees were exposed to the virus.”It’s a terrible tragedy it really is. Our hands are tied. The reality is you can’t enforce a mask policy. A lot of folks wanted a mask policy. I think the real key was allowing a virtual option. We couldn’t do that either,” Polk County School Board member Lynn Wilson said.Stephanie Yocum, Polk Education Association president, agrees.”Our state has been kind of laissez-faire with it — as far as the mitigation strategy and being very restrictive to local governments and local school boards in what we can and cannot do,” Yocum said.To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Polk County School District is installing 50,000 desk shields in classrooms in grades K-5 over the next month. Air purifiers are also in every classroom.”We certainly hope this is behind us, if it’s not that’s going to be a solution for the future and will help with just the common flu and things of that nature as well,” Wilson said.

The pandemic has taken a tragic turn in one Florida school district where at least 17 district employees have died.

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At least 17 Polk County staff members have died from COVID-19.

The school district says 12 have died since returning to school in August and five died before returning. It’s not known where the employees were exposed to the virus.

“It’s a terrible tragedy it really is. Our hands are tied. The reality is you can’t enforce a mask policy. A lot of folks wanted a mask policy. I think the real key was allowing a virtual option. We couldn’t do that either,” Polk County School Board member Lynn Wilson said.

Stephanie Yocum, Polk Education Association president, agrees.

“Our state has been kind of laissez-faire with it — as far as the mitigation strategy and being very restrictive to local governments and local school boards in what we can and cannot do,” Yocum said.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Polk County School District is installing 50,000 desk shields in classrooms in grades K-5 over the next month. Air purifiers are also in every classroom.

“We certainly hope this is behind us, if it’s not that’s going to be a solution for the future and will help with just the common flu and things of that nature as well,” Wilson said.

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