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Saturday, August 01, 2020 1:00 am

FWCS rejects call to offer 'preventive'

Twitter and Facebook quickly quashed a discredited study regarding treatment for COVID-19 this week, but it found a platform at a Fort Wayne Community Schools board meeting Monday.

The plug for hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Donald Trump and criticized by top health officials, came from board member Glenna Jehl during a presentation on virus prevention measures planned for the district's reopening. 

“For the safety of our teachers, are we talking at all about the prophylactic use of hydroxychloroquine, which is supposed to be a very great preventative?” Jehl asked. “Because some of our teachers are vulnerable. That in conjunction with zinc has been very effective for doctors and other professionals on the front lines.”

As Superintendent Mark Daniel began to reply, board President Julia Hollingsworth interrupted.

“I don't think we're responsible for giving drugs to any of our teachers for any reason whatsoever,” Hollingsworth said, raising her eyebrows and casting a disapproving glance in Jehl's direction. 

Daniel, attending his first FWCS board meeting as superintendent, also said it was not the school district's call. 

 “That would be through the health department, what they would recommend – and they would have to go through a personal physician,” he told Jehl, a Fort Wayne Realtor.


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