OST orders quarantine for all K-12 schools on Pine Ridge Reservation
PINE RIDGE, S.D. — The Oglala Sioux Tribe has issued a quarantine order on all K-12 schools located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, effective Wednesday, September 15.
According to a release from OST Vice President Alicia Mousseau, the quarantine order is being issued due to increased cases of positive COVID-19 tests in Pine Ridge schools and the rise of the Delta Variant on the reservation.
Mousseau’s statement continues that with the number of students under 12 who are unable to receive the vaccine, combined with the risk posed to the many multigenerational households on the reservation, that the quarantine is required in order to protect the Oglala Lakota Nation.
The quarantine order will be issued as follows:
- 10 school/business days home quarantine for all students effective from September 15-28
- 10 school/business days home quarantine for all non-essential staff effective from September 15-28
- 5 school/business days home quarantine for all essential staff effective from September 15-28
- Essential staff includes cook staff, cleaning staff and administrators
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