TSC’s optional-mask policy leads to big quarantines, health dept says
Tippecanoe School Corp. doesn’t have outsized number of COVID-19 cases, but with mask-optional policy, its quarantine rate is 8 times higher than neighboring LSC, according to numbers released Friday
Parents and health officials pressing Tippecanoe School Corp. for tighter mask rules in classrooms wound up with a new round of persuasion Friday, when Tippecanoe County Health Department revealed that 388 students had been quarantined in the first week-and-a-half of school.
Cases of COVID-19 per 1,000 students in TSC – the 11th largest district in the state, with 13,800 students last year – weren’t the highest in the county. That belonged to West Lafayette, a smaller district with a slightly higher rate of infections reported by the health department.
But TSC, where masks are optional inside school buildings, had a quarantine rate that was more than three times greater than the one in West Lafayette and eight times that of Lafayette School Corp.
How are parents, teachers and administrators dealing with the news? And what is TSC saying about possibly updating its mask policies? Hit the Subscribe Now button to read more.
PLUS: Lafayette’s hospitals put out a warning – again – that the latest surge in COVID-19 cases is stretching them to the limit. They say it is having a big effect on non-COVID care, including surgeries and emergency care. Read how by subscribing now.
Thanks for signing up to receive Based in Lafayette. Want to get more dispatches from this independent reporting project, straight to your inbox? Subscribe and they’ll be yours. Click on the Subscribe button and sign up. Have story tips? Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. And as if you haven’t already had enough … follow me on Twitter: @davebangert.