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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — A middle school employee isn’t going to be allowed back at school as soon as she returns from her missionary trip.

The assistant principal at Chestnut Grove Middle School is in South Africa for two weeks. Parents and school board members are worried about the possibility of Ebola.

“No, I do not think she should have gone on that trip. I think it was a bad mistake, an unwise choice,” explains Amos Elvis, who has family at Chestnut Grove Middle School.

School board members have been discussing the issue with their attorneys and the health department. On Monday, the school board met behind closed doors for nearly two hours and decided the employee won’t be allowed to return to school for 21 days.

“We just feel like we have to err on the side of caution,” explains Sonya Cox, a Stokes County School Board member.

School officials tell FOX8 the employee will be paid for those 21 days and she is aware of the concern surrounding her trip.

“She will understand the perception that we had to worry about. I know her well enough that she wouldn’t put any kid at risk at all. I think she will be very understanding of why this is important,” explains Cox.

FOX8 did reach out to the employee and haven’t heard back yet.