Escambia County Schools relaxing COVID-19 precaution measures

Northwest Florida

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Escambia County Schools are relaxing COVID-19 precautionary measures.

A news release from Escambia County School District (ECSD) stated after reviewing current COVID cases across schools, departments, and within the community, the ECSD will relax some of the restrictions in place.

Changes to the COVID-19 precautionary measures will go into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy A Smith said, “Given the decline in COVID case nimbers it is time to begin the return to normalcy. After consulting with public health officials, we feel we are able to do this safely.”

The revisions made:

  • On-campus visitors, such as volunteers, mentors, and college recruiters will be allowed access to ECSD campuses.
  • Field trips will resume, on a limited basis, contingent upon District level approval.

ECSD said in the release precautionary protocols issued by the state will remain in place and large gatherings of students during the school day on campus will be limited. The district said it also will continue to work closely with the Escambia County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health to monitor COVID case numbers, actions, and best practices to COVID-19.

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson addressed declining COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations at his weekly press conference.

“We were over 30 percent and we’re now trending down toward a 7.8-percent positivity. We’re also seeing the decline with hospitalizations,” Robinson said. “Monday is back at 83. So we are quickly continuing to move down on those hospitalizations and we expect that number to continue to drop.”

Robinson said Monday city staff will continue to meet with the hospitals to be prepared if the numbers go back up.

“We’re not ever going to be necessarily over COVID,” he said. “We’re just going to be dealing with it when it comes forward.”

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