Clay parents start Facebook group to warn about potential COVID-19 exposures in the classroom

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Parents in Clay County are taking matters into their own hands to warn each other about possible COVID-19 exposure.

They’ve formed a Facebook group known as “Clay County COVID exposures.”

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Parents in this group understand the Department of Health may be overwhelmed with cases, so the social media group provides them with a safe space to let each other know what’s happening inside the classroom.

Action News Jax reached out to the school district to learn how they respond to COVID-19 cases and that gets communicated to parents.

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The district told Action News Jax the Department of Health is responsible for all contact tracing and reaching out to parents.

According to the latest data from the school district’s weekly COVID-19 report, ending on August 20:

  • There are 154 students that have been reported COVID-19 positive. That comes out to 0.0039% of the total Clay County student body. However 406 students are in quarantine; that’s about 0.01% of the student body.
  • Forty staff cases have been reported as well.

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The spokesperson for the district told Action News Jax up to eight days of paid COVID-19 sick leave is available for employees who test positive for the virus.

We are still waiting to hear back from the Clay County Health Department.