Georgia School District Shuts Second High School As Coronavirus Quarantines Grow

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A school district in Georgia has temporarily closed a second high school that reopened last week after more students and staff were quarantined due to the coronavirus.

The Cherokee County School District announced on Wednesday that it will close Woodstock High School until August 31, a day after announcing the same decision at Etowah High School.

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“This morning the number of positive cases at school had risen to a total of 14 with tests for 15 other students pending; and, as a result of the confirmed cases, 289 students and staff are in quarantine and, if the pending tests prove positive, the total would increase dramatically, ”Principal Brian Hightower wrote in a message to parents.

Each school has approximately 2,500 students. It is not known if any students or employees were infected at the school.

The Cherokee County School District, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, reopened to more than 30,000 of its 42,000 students on Aug. 3 and resumed full education five days a week. About 22% of students chose the district’s e-learning option.

Cherokee County on Tuesday listed at least 826 students who had been quarantined, but on Wednesday that number jumped to 1,156. With 37 staff also on the quarantine list, nearly 1,200 people are isolating themselves to arrest the spread of the virus, although many are likely not infected.

Etowah High School was among those that made headlines last week after a photo showed dozens of faceless students huddled together for photos from the first day of school.

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Other school districts in the state also face challenges early in the school year.

North Paulding High School in Dallas, about 32 miles west of Atlanta, sparked a similar controversy after a photo of students racing a hallway went viral last week.

In this photo posted on Twitter, students storm a hallway on August 4, 2020 at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. The school temporarily closed its doors just a week after it reopened. (Twitter via AP)

Paulding County Schools Superintendent Brian Otott announced Sunday that the school will temporarily switch to distance learning after parents were alerted that at least six students and three staff had tested positive at COVID-19. The school is expected to reopen on Monday with new protocols.

Cobb County Schools said last week that they would continue to schedule online classes only when the school begins August 17 after being alerted by the Georgia Department of Health to around 100 potential cases of the coronavirus among students and staff, WSB-TV reported.

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Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest school district in Gwinnett County has struggled to launch e-learning for its 180,000 students, with parents complaining that their students repeatedly tried to log into the online system. of the district.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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