After just one week of school, more than 250 students and teachers in a Georgia school district will be quarantined for two weeks after several teachers and students test positive for COVID-19, according to the district’s website.
The Cherokee County School District, which is just north of Atlanta, regularly shares updates on coronavirus cases in its schools on its website.
At least 11 students, ages 1 to 12, and two staff from various elementary, middle and secondary schools on Friday tested positive for the virus, prompting the school to send nearly 250 students and staff at home for 14 days due to possible exposure. Students will receive online instruction during the period.
The district has 40 schools and centers, 4,800 employees and more than 42,200 students.
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In a letter to families on Friday, Superintendent Brian Hightower said the trend of students and staff performing positive every day “will continue as we run schools during a pandemic.”
“We know we are under a microscope, as the national media is following the reopening of schools across the country,” he wrote. “But know that our decisions aren’t based on what the people of New York or Kansas think, and we’re not concerned with ‘the optics’ or ‘the image’ – we focus on what makes best for our community. “
He also stressed the need to take additional measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
“As we said before the reopening, social distancing is not possible in all situations in our schools – which is why we ask our staff to wear masks or face shields when they cannot. taking a distance, and that’s why we provide masks to students and recommend them to wear them, ”Hightower said. “It’s an essential part of keeping schools open.”
Cherokee County had drawn attention earlier this week after dozens of seniors gathered at two of the district’s high schools. traditional photos of the first day of school, with students hugging together, none of them wearing masks.
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In a related incident in Dallas, Ga., North Paulding High School dropped its five-day suspension for at least one student who posted a photo of crowded hallways showing students without face masks.
Hannah Watters, 15, tweeted on Friday that she was no longer suspended and told The Associated Press her manager called her mother, apologized and completely withdrawn her punishment, leaving her surprised and “very grateful ”.
The Paulding County School District, which has 30,000 students, resumed classes on Monday, with 70 percent of students returning for face-to-face classes five days a week. Several North Paulding football players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.