SCHD reviewing school districts plans for returning to school but districts will make final decisions

WATCH: SCHD reviewing school districts plans for returning to school but districts will make final decisions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Parents, the final day to decide whether you will send your children back to class or choose virtual learning in Shelby County Schools is tomorrow.

Thursday, the health department weighed in on back to school safety plans.

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Next month, several school districts across Shelby County are expected to welcome students back to school. Districts are looking to the health department to keep everyone safe.

“I just want to reinforce our role to provide technical assistance,” said Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County Health Director. “So, if there is something we see in the plan that could be advised to make it a safer environment. We give that feedback.”

During the joint task force meeting, the health department revealed district plans go through several channels before approval.

“They go to the legal department first for a review relative to guidance including those documents and the health directive,” said Haushalter. “Then they came back to me, Dr. Randolph for additional review. Then we give feedback.”

Safety procedures include everything from everyone practicing social distancing, wearing face masks and temperature checks for all.

Haushalter added that some districts’ social distancing procedures concerned them.

“Some schools were using three to six feet distance recommended by AAP,” said Haushalter. “We made clear we did not support that decision, but recognize each district has unique circumstances.”

The health department also shared their advice to schools to conduct contact tracing to reduce transmission in schools.

“Schools need to have one point person that they can go to that has expertise in schools and we will look to have one person who is the main contact person,” she said.