Rantz: High school’s COVID tracking ankle bracelets are back after pause

Football players at Eatonville High School. (KIRO 7)

Eatonville High School reinstituted COVID contact tracing after initially pausing the program due to privacy concerns.

Student-athletes in the high contact sports football and volleyball wore ankle bracelets during practices. The coaching staff did the same, all regardless of vaccination status. This was done to stop blanket quarantines for an entire team if a student or staff member contracted COVID.

But after a report that included some significant factual errors, the school paused the program to regroup with parents. After a vote, parents overwhelmingly supported the program, and it’s now been reinstated.

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