Parents of students at several Mid-South schools enforce voluntary quarantine

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Since the coronavirus was detected in Shelby County, local governments, corporate businesses, school districts and citizens proactively work to stop its spread.

The Germantown Municipal School District announced Monday, parents from Dogwood Elementary School, Forest Hill Elementary School and Houston Middle School choose to self-quarantine after traveling outside the US.

The district said the parents and kids haven’t shown any symptoms or tested positive for the coronavirus, but they wanted to be safe just in case that changed.

Christie Getman has two students who attend Houston Middle and applaud their efforts.

“I think it’s smart,” said Getman. “I think it’s consensus of them. I think it is the smart thing to do if they know it’s a possibility. I think that’s really responsible of them and thank them for doing that.”

Ethan Johnson is a senior at Houston High School. He said he also believes these are necessary measures.

“Even if it’s not entirely a lethal thing to healthy people it’s still a danger,” said Johnson. “If it affected one person in a school, it has the potential to affect everyone because everyone is always in contact with one another at school.”

With spring break on the horizon, Getman said she believes a change of vacation plans is the best option for her family.

“I have been on the phone all day canceling spring break plans,” Getman said. “We had a Disney cruise plan. I had to spend four hours on hold. Now I have airline tickets I need to redo because we don’t know what is going to happen. Being on a ship you’d be quarantined, and you don’t know when you’d get home.”

The school district said since the first case of the coronavirus was detected in Shelby County, enhanced cleaning efforts to school facilities has gone into effect.