New quarantine requirements for Bellwood students


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Actual image from Zach Pier’s POV

Over the last two weeks a large number of Bellwood students were quarantined due to being close to or in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The school uses contact tracing to determine if a students has been in proximity of another student who has tested positive and in this way they can send that student home if necessary to get tested and serve their quarantine time.  This method has mostly worked but a change in quarantine criteria is coming soon.

As of next Monday the school announced its new quarantine rules.

They are as follows:

  1. Any student within six feet of another student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine and receive a COVID test.
  2. If a student tests positive they must quarantine the required 14 days.
  3. If someone in a student’s household tests positive they must quarantine and notify the school.
  4. If a students looks at or makes eye contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 they must quarantine and receive a COVID test.

The real shocker is the last rule that was just added recently.  Some students and parents around Bellwood-Antis aren’t sure what to think about it.

“This is just absolute malarkey, my kid shouldn’t have to be sent home just because they stared at another student.  This is ridiculous and I’m fed up with the state of our country,” said an anonymous parent.

Many students also had things to say on the matter as well.

Junior, Brandon Cherry said, “The new rule is dumb.  Its not my fault I like to stare at people and make them uncomfortable in class.”

Freshman, Zach Pier said, “If I were to test positive I would feel bad because every girl in our grade would have to quarantine.  You know because they always stare at me.”

There was a movement on Facebook from parents to remove this rule as some parents thought it was overkill.

“I speak on behalf of Bellwood parents when I say that the quarantine rules are complete hogwash and should be repealed,” exclaimed SoccerMom49.

The school district made no moves to remove this rule much to the dismay of the community. In fact some sources are saying that the school district may release even stricter rules just to spite the parents and students of Bellwood-Antis.

For now it looks like students will just have to be careful who they look at, for it may have dire consequences.