DENVER (CBS4) Parents and a pediatrician team up to encourage the state to reconsider mandatory quarantines when children return to school. Given the widespread use of masks and the vaccination of teachers, they say there is no need to disrupt learning.
Pediatrician Todd Porter is calling on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to remove school district quarantine logs when children return to the classroom across the state.
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“If you exposed someone to COVID-19 at school and both parties were wearing masks at the time of exposure, they should be allowed to continue to be personally quarantined during that 14-day period during self-monitoring,” said Dr. Porter , a pediatrician in Denver. “We now have an opportunity to correct the injustice we have done to our children.”
A father of three, Porter has joined other parents at Adams 12, Jeffco, and Littleton Public Schools to campaign for a return to personal learning. When it becomes a reality across the state, he says the state’s quarantine rules could set students back again.
“We have known all along that COVID is mainly spread by adults. Children are less likely to become infected and less likely to spread, ”Porter said. “Since vaccinations are not currently a reality for our students, we consider this to be a fair alternative that our students can monitor themselves with a mask.”
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He wrote a letter to Governor Jared Polis and CDPHE for a petition from change.org. It has more than 600 signatures.
“When your adult teachers are vaccinated in schools and they are no longer seen as a threat for transmission and you already have a low risk student population you send home who are healthy and the data shows that usually it never does In the end, it’s positive, it doesn’t justify the intervention, ”Porter said.
In an unpredictable year, Porter believes schools are safe.
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“It’s time to get everyone back to school,” he said.