Thursday, October 16, 2014

BESE approves emergency Ebola policies for public schools

BESE approves emergency Ebola policies for public schools 

Facing questions and worries about Ebola, the state’s top school board on Wednesday approved emergency rules that give local superintendents sweeping new authority to close public schools and send students home if they sense a threat.

Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the panel took the action as a precaution “given the circumstances we are living in now.”

“Let’s don’t wait until there is an event to be prepared,” Roemer said after the meeting.

“This is a first step,” he said. “I don’t think it is a final step.”

Under the new rules, a local superintendent can dismiss schools due to an emergency that now includes “any actual or imminent threat to public health or safety, which may result in loss of life, disease or injury.”

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