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KCSD: Music teacher followed protocol
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On Thursday, Jan. 25, Wateree Elementary School (WES) Principal Gail Stehle opened an email sent to her that afternoon from a concerned parent. The parent, whose child attends 4th Grade at WES, expressed their concern that recorders -- many students’ first wind instrument beyond a kazoo -- were being shared at a time when the county and district, along with the rest of South Carolina and the country, are experiencing one of the worst flu seasons during recent years. According to Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, while the music teacher followed protocol, in consultation with a school nurse, in cleaning the recorders and sterilizing their mouthpieces, Stehle decided to have the teacher stop using recorders altogether.

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