Students At School Pence Touted For Reopening Must Quarantine Due To COVID-19
Students at a North Carolina school that was praised by Vice President Mike Pence for reopening must now quarantine for two weeks after a student tested positive for Covid-19, according to ABC News.
- Thales Academy, a group of eight private non-sectarian schools in North Carolina, was notified that a student at its Wake Forest campus tested positive for Covid-19 after being exposed to an infected family member. The student reportedly was asymptomatic and had last attended school on Friday.
- Pence visited the Thales Academy campus in Apex, North Carolina, last week with Education Secretary Betsy Devos and praised the school for reopening.
- Pence said:
"We're here today because to open up America, we've got to open up America's schools and Thales Academy is literally in the forefront. We really do believe that it's in the best interest of our children to be back in the classroom.”
- Thales Academy reopened on July 20 and offered parents the option to either allow their children back fully in-person or to study fully online. Since the school network is private, Thales Academy is not forced to uphold the reopening guidelines put out by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
- Those guidelines included that schools “should operate in person at no more than 50% capacity and buses at no more than 33%.”