Georgia faculty district closes second highschool as coronavirus quarantines develop
A Georgia faculty district has quickly closed a second highschool that reopened final week after extra college students and workers face quarantine because of the coronavirus.
The Cherokee County Faculty District introduced on Wednesday it will shut Woodstock Excessive Faculty till Aug. 31 a day after asserting the identical choice at Etowah Excessive Faculty.
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“As of this morning, the variety of constructive instances on the faculty had elevated to a complete of 14 with assessments for an additional 15 pupil pending; and, because of the confirmed instances, 289 college students and workers are below quarantine and, ought to the pending assessments show constructive, the overall would considerably enhance,” superintendent Brian Hightower wrote in a message to oldsters.
Every faculty has about 2,500 college students. It’s unclear whether or not any college students or staff had been contaminated in school.
The Cherokee County Faculty District, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, reopened for greater than 30,000 of its 42,000 college students on Aug. three and resumed full five-days-a-week instruction. About 22% of scholars selected the district’s on-line studying possibility.
On Tuesday, Cherokee County listed at the least 826 college students had been quarantined however by Wednesday that quantity jumped to 1,156. With 37 workers members additionally on the quarantine record, there are virtually 1,200 individuals isolating themselves to cease the unfold of the virus, though it is probably that many aren’t contaminated.
Etowah Excessive Faculty was amongst people who made headlines final week after a photograph confirmed dozens of maskless college students squeezed collectively for first-day-of-school senior pictures.
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Different faculty districts within the state are additionally going through challenges as the varsity 12 months begins.
North Paulding Excessive Faculty in Dallas, about 32 miles west of Atlanta, stirred comparable controversy after a photograph of scholars packing a hallway went viral final week.
Paulding County Faculties Superintendent Brian Otott introduced Sunday that the varsity would quickly shift to distant studying after mother and father had been alerted that at the least six college students and three workers members had examined constructive for COVID-19. The varsity is about to reopen Monday with new protocols.
Cobb County Faculties mentioned final week it is going to proceed with plans for online-only courses when faculty begins Aug. 17 after it was alerted by the Georgia Division of Well being to concerning the 100 potential coronavirus instances amongst college students and workers, WSB-TV reported.
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In the meantime, Georgia’s largest faculty district in Gwinnett County struggled to launch on-line studying for its 180,000 college students as mother and father complained that their college students repeatedly tried and didn’t log into the district’s on-line system.
The Related Press contributed to this report.