Thursday, October 23, 2014

Video: North Idaho Parents Panic Over Teachers' Trip to Texas

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 9:51 AM

A group of North Idaho parents say they're upset over a teachers retreat to Texas, but school officials say those parents' concerns are completely baseless.

KXLY-TV reports that the teachers from Priest River Lamanna High School visited Texas in hopes of bringing back some new education tips for their students.

"They should at least keep them down there and quarantine them to see if they have it before bringing them back into the school," parent Linda Ramos told KXLY-TV. 

But officials with the West Bonner County School District assured the parents that there was no reason to fear.

"I tried to clear up any of those misconceptions for those people," said Paul Anselmo. "We were nowhere near Dallas; we didn't fly into Dallas. We were nowhere near the hospital where the sick workers came from."

Yet Anselmo added that the district took extra precaution, by delaying the teachers' flight home.

"In the meantime, we contacted the CDC, Panhandle Health District and Bonner County Emergency Management Services," he said. All of the organizations assured the district that the teachers were free to fly home.

In the meantime, at least one parent decided to keep her children from the school, at least for now.

"We assured them that we were very confident there was no issue, but it's their choice," Anselmo told KXLY-TV.

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