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HomeEducationNation’s new Covid policy causes concern among parents

Nation’s new Covid policy causes concern among parents


Louise Red Corn

An apparent Covid-19 case in the Wahzhazhe Early Learning Academy prompted officials to send home letters Wednesday advising parents in Pawhuska of a new Osage Nation policy: That unvaccinated children who are exposed to the virus can continue to come to school as long as they don’t have any symptoms. 

The WELA letter said that if an exposed child becomes symptomatic, the child should stay home and should test negative for the virus before returning to class.

Parents were also informed they had the option to keep their child at home for five days then return the child to school on Day 6 if negative for the virus.

The letter caused some consternation because WELA is open to children ages 6 weeks to five years, a population that is not eligible to be vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines late last month for quarantining those exposed to Covid. While the new guidelines say that fully vaccinated people who are exposed do not have to quarantine (unless they have symptoms), the CDC directs unvaccinated people to “Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days,” and to “wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.”

The federal agency further advises that people should continue taking precautions through Day 10 after exposure by wearing a mask, avoiding travel and avoiding being around people who are at high risk, such as the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems.

The Osage News sent an email Thursday morning to the communications director, chief of staff and director of operations asking about the policy, the number of cases in WELA and the vaccination status of WELA staffers, but received no reply by the close of business.

Original Publish Date: 2022-01-20 00:00:00


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Louise Red Corn
Louise Red Corn has suffered from wanderlust for decades: She has lived and worked as a journalist and photographer in Rome, Italy, New York City, Detroit, Kentucky, Mississippi and Oklahoma, where she published The Bigheart Times for 12 years. She loves diving in-depth into just about any topic but is especially fond of covering legal issues, perhaps because her parents were both lawyers. She is married to Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn, who enticed her to move to the Osage Reservation in 2004. She and her husband live south of Pawhuska with one extremely large dog named Max, one extremely energetic dog named Pepper, and, if he bothers to make an appearance, a surly cat named Stinky.

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