Since March, more than 100 staff members and 22 students have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Clark County School District, with one staff member dying due to coronavirus. While many private schools have opened for in-person education, it remains to be seen how the school year will play out for the thousands of public school students in the Vegas area.
Obviously, reopening schools is a touchy subject, not just due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Experts have argued that distance learning does not serve children in the same capacity that being in a classroom does, and many are worried that children who rely fully on distance learning will fall behind where they would have otherwise been.
What to Do If You or Your Child Contract COVID-19
If you are sending your child back to school this fall or happen to work in a school that has already begun reopening for in-person classes, you and your family will be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. While many schools have heavily invested in improving sanitization practices and are enacting policies to ensure that students will social distance and wear masks, this may not be enough when it comes to stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
Those who have weakened immune systems or autoimmune disorders will find themselves at higher risk of contracting the virus as well as suffering from its disturbing ill effects are advised to stay home and practice social distancing for as long as possible. However, many people cannot rely on unemployment forever to supplement a loss of income, and this can lead immune-weakened people to go to work and become targets of the virus.
Developing the symptoms of coronavirus can be terrifying, but thankfully many places offer drive-through testing centers to help mitigate risk and ensure a quick and safe testing process without risking any further exposure. If you believe that you or your family have been exposed to coronavirus in school, it’s important to get tested as soon as possible.
Personal Injury and COVID-19
While many schools are preparing for in-person learning to begin, it’s clear that some are not as prepared as others when it comes to fighting against the COVID-19 scourge. Working in education can often be thankless and sending your child to school may be the only way to ensure they are looked after while you are at work, but some schools will not take this threat as seriously as others. Being exposed to coronavirus is not something that anyone wants, but in a crowded environment like education, measures must be taken to ensure that risk is lowered for both students and staff.
If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace and developed symptoms because of it, you may be able to sue your employer to take care of your medical bills, lost wages, and other injuries incurred due to the injury caused. Negligence in pandemic preparation is no longer an afterthought for educators and must be enforced to ensure that everyone stays safe from COVID-19.
Hiring a personal injury attorney while you’re suffering from the aftermath of coronavirus might be the last thought on your mind, but it’s good legal hygiene to ensure that you and your family will be taken care of when you are sickened in the workplace or when your child becomes sick.