Union County’s Board of Education includes (from left to right): Gary Sides, Todd Price, Joseph Morreale, Sarah May, Melissa Merrell, Kathy Heintel, Rev. Jimmy H. Bention, Sr., Rev. John J. Kirkpatrick, IV and Matt Helms.

MONROE — The Union County Board of Education voted to halt all staff responsibilities regarding COVID-19 contact tracing and quarantining for students and staff, effective immediately, except as required by law, at its Sept. 13 special called meeting.

The statutory authority of managing contact tracing and quarantining is that of Union County Public Health.

As required by law, school nurses, administrators and school staff will continue to address positive, presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

All students and staff who do not have a positive COVID-19 test, or symptoms, can return to school or work immediately.

If students or employees have symptoms that include: fever or chills, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting or headache, they should stay home, stay away from others and call their health care provider.

Students and employees who have been isolated due to a positive case or COVID-19 symptoms should not report to school or work until they have completed 10 days of isolation, symptoms have improved and fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

Face coverings are still optional for students and staff in Union County Public Schools.