Miami-Dade County school board takes preparations for schools in 'Zika zone'

Insect repellent to be passed out, students allowed to wear long-sleeve T-shirts

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County public school board met Wednesday, where members discussed preparations involving the Zika virus as the school year gets ready to begin.

Six schools either fall right in the "Zika zone" in the Wynwood area, or are close to it.

School board members met Wednesday to discuss solutions, such as moving some outdoor activities inside, especially if it rains.

Insect repellent will also be passed out to parents on the first day of school, and students will be able to wear long-sleeve T-shirts instead of polos.

If an employee is pregnant, the mother will be provided with information and protection as well.

The schools that fall within the Zika Zone are:

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary 
  • Jose de Diego Middle 
  • Eneida M. Hartner Elementary
  • Phyllis Wheatley Elementary
  • Design and Architecture Senior High
  • Young Men's Preparatory Academy

A comprehensive strategy will go into play on Aug. 15, and the school board will continue the conversation and get information out to parents as it becomes available.