Parents unhappy with quarantine protocols at SWFL schools

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Parents in Southwest Florida say kids are missing school time, falling behind and riding the quarantine roller coaster. They’re upset with how the schools are handling exposure to the coronavirus. Some kids are spreading illness within their families after they say they learned about it too late. A mom we spoke to says her whole family is feeling symptoms.

School has brought Courtney Turner’s twin girls to life.

“They are starting to talk,” Turner said. “They are starting to show their personalities and become their own … person. And if it wasn’t for face-to-face learning, none of that would have been possible.”

Autism couldn’t hold back their love for learning.

“So it was … very important for them to be able to go back to school,” Turner said.

But a positive case of COVID-19 might keep her kids from school.

“I received a phone call from my child’s assistant principal saying that I had to come and get one of my daughters from school,” Turner said.

And Her twin shares plates, cups and blankets with her now quarantined sister.

“I was immediately told that my other daughter could continue to stay in school that day and remain in school,” Turner said.

So that’s where she stayed. Otherwise, mom worried she’d rack up unexcused absences, even though the policy didn’t make sense to her.

“So my children were around my parents, and, now, they may potentially have been exposed,” Turner said.

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