A few days into the new school year, a northern Georgia school district has told 826 of its students and staff to go into quarantine.
Just last week, the Cherokee County School District, located 44 miles north of Atlanta, asked 20 people to quarantine themselves after one 2nd-grader tested positive for the virus. This happened on the first day of school and now that number has jumped to 826 students, the school district reported.
According to WXIA based in Atlanta, the 42,000-student district listed 40 cases in 19 elementary, middle and high schools. It added that the district routinely does contact tracing to find out if students or teaching staff may have been exposed to active transmitters of the coronavirus.
School District Spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said they anticipated that “positive tests among students and staff could occur.”
“This is why we put a system into place to quickly contact trace, mandate quarantines, notify parents and report cases and quarantines to the entire community. We are not hesitating to quarantine students and staff who have had possible exposure to a student or staff member who has tested positive,” she explained.
It is not mandatory to wear masks inside Cherokee County schools. They only recommend that their staff and students do so especially when they cannot practice social distancing.