Maine teacher placed on leave

18 Oct, 2014

The teacher at Strong Elementary is placed on a 21-day paid leave of absence after parents tell the board they are concerned that she might have been exposed to Ebola during a trip to Dallas for an educational conference. School district:

At this time, we have no information to suggest that this staff member has been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to Ebola. However, the district and the staff member understand the parents’ concerns. Therefore, after several discussions with the staff member, out of an abundance of caution, this staff member has been placed on a paid leave of absence for up to 21 days.

Matt Dexter, who first raised the concerns:

What the parents were saying last night is that, you sent (this teacher) to a potentially harmful area for exposure, and then to come back and jump into the classroom on Monday seemed a little bit reckless. I’m really tired of people telling everyone, on the news, starting at the national level, ‘zero risk, low risk.’ The bottom line is that there is risk.

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