A Miami school which had planned to introduce a quarantine policy forcing students to take a month off after receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, has now abandoned the idea.
School officials at the $30,000-a-year private school, Centner Academy, feared pupils who received the vaccine would infect unvaccinated students.
The school’s Chief Operating Officer, Bianca Erickson informed parents of the bizarre policy by letter: ‘Because of the potential impact on other students and our school community, vaccinated students will need to stay at home for 30 days post-vaccination for each dose and booster they receive.’
But the school, threatened with a cut in state funding of between $6,500 and $7,400 per student, should they push ahead with the policy, has now scrapped the plan.
Centner Academy in Miami, pictured, has told COVID-19 vaccinated teachers to stay away from students because they ‘may transmit something’ to them
Leila and David Centner, pictured, co-founded the school. The pair wrote to earlier in the year staff that vaccinated employees would no longer be allowed to work directly with students
Florida’s Department of Education wrote to the school to make their position clear.
‘Recently it has come to our attention that your schools may employ attendance policies which require parents of recently vaccinated students to quarantine their children for unreasonable, unnecessary and unduly burdensome amount of time before returning for in-person instruction,’ the Florida Department of Education’s letter to Centner Academy said.
‘Should our investigation reveal that your schools’ policies fail to comport with these lawful rights and obligations, understand that the action that follows — up to and including revocation of your schools’ scholarship eligibility and funding — will be both swift and decisive.’
CEO Erickson hastily penned a response back to the Florida Department of Education on Friday stating explaining the schools’ sudden backtrack.
‘When we announced the subject policy regarding COVID-19, we believed that we were acting in compliance with the Department of Education’s Emergency Rule … which allows a student to be considered in attendance at school when under a ‘stay-home’ directive related to COVID-19,’ the letter began.
‘Our plan at the time included a ‘stay-home’ policy that would be supported by remote learning.
‘Please note, however, that the plan was not implemented and we will not pursue any such measures. We conclude our response by confirming that Centner Academy is not requesting any student to quarantine at home due to vaccination status.’
The private school, which has balked at federal guidelines on mask use and vaccinations in the past received a loan of more than $800,000 in government money — from the taxpayer-funded, federal Paycheck Protection Program last year.
Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University said the school’s policy had no basis.
‘What happens 30 days after they get vaccinated?’ she asked. ‘What kind of nonsense is this?’
Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University blasted the school’s policy in an interview with 7News, saying there is no basis for it
‘Where did they get that?’ she again asked, rhetorically, to 7News. ‘There’s nothing in the recommendations to that… they made that up.
‘That’s science fiction,’ Marty said, ‘not even science fiction because it’s pure fiction.’
‘I don’t find the letter interesting, I find it sad,’ she continued. ‘I find it terrible that there’s all this misleading information coming out of an institution that allegedly is an educational institution.
‘The technology is not new. The technology is well-established and it’s based on the best science we have.’
The Centers for Disease Control says that all three COVID-19 vaccinations approved by the Food and Drug Administration are safe, as they do not use live viruses and could therefore not make anyone sick with COVID.
Children aged 12 and up are currently eligible to receive a COVID vaccine, with kids aged between five and 11 likely to be approved too in the coming weeks.
Vaccinating children has proven a controversial topic. Many parents who are pro-vax themselves say they’re unsure about having their children jabbed, because COVID is relatively harmless for the vast majority of kids who catch it.
Those who back vaccines for children say that even a small risk is unethical to take when it comes to the health of a child.
The Miami-based school, which teaches students from kindergarten through to senior year of high school, previously faced controversy back in April, when co-foundera Leila and David Centner wrote to staff that vaccinated employees would no longer be allowed to work directly with students.
Teachers at the school were told they could either physically distance from students if they had had the shot; tell the school if they plan to get the vaccine ‘as we cannot allow recently vaccinated people to be near our students until more information is known’; or wait until the school year ends to get the vaccine.
As of Sunday, about 67 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 58 percent are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID cases has continued to decline, with 17,100 new cases reported on Sunday – down about 90 percent from a post-vaccine high of 184,000 on September 3.
And the number of deaths from COVID has also declined, with just 148 reported on Sunday, compared to 3,155 on September 23.