Ga. School District Quarantines Hundreds Of Students Over Fears Of COVID-19 Exposure

In a photo published on Twitter last week, students crowd a hallway at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. Lots of students in another suburban Atlanta school district have actually now tested positive for the coronavirus, requiring hundreds to be quarantined as a precaution.

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In a photo published on Twitter recently, students crowd a corridor at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. Lots of trainees in another rural Atlanta school district have now checked positive for the coronavirus, requiring hundreds to be quarantined as a precaution.

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The guv has actually encouraged the wearing of masks, which have actually been revealed to significantly decrease the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he has actually insisted he will not require them. On Monday, Kemp ruled out any directive requiring students to use masks, leaving that choice rather to district superintendents.

The superintendents statement came a day after Gov. Brian Kemp stated at a news conference that the reopening of the schools had worked out.

Images shared widely on social networks last week showed hallways packed with students at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga.– with all however a couple of not wearing masks. Six students and three personnel later checked favorable for the coronavirus, and the school was closed for 2 days to be disinfected.

He stated Etowah High School would be closed to in-person knowing efficient at the end of classes on Tuesday. At the end of Monday, about 300 of the schools 2,400 trainees, or 12.5%, were under quarantine, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In a news conference on Monday alongside U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams at a new mega COVID-19 testing website at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Kemp, a Republican, applauded what he referred to as the mostly smooth opening of the schools, with the exception of some pictures shared on social media of congested corridors of unmasked trainees.

Its unclear the number of Georgia schools mandate masks, as they are not needed to report that details, a spokeswoman for the states department of health informed NPR.

Although the governor has motivated the using of masks, which have actually been revealed to significantly minimize the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he has insisted he will not need them. Kemp has eliminated any instruction for students to wear masks, leaving that decision rather to district superintendents.

” We are not hesitating to quarantine students and personnel who have had possible direct exposure– even if the favorable test was triggered by possible exposure instead of signs, as all positive cases can cause the infection of others,” Hightower said.

He acknowledged, however, there will “definitely” be COVID-19 cases “when you open anything,” adding thats why screening and making sure schools have appropriate masks and cleaning devices is essential.

Hardly a week after Georgia resumed its public schools amid the continuous COVID-19 pandemic, a school district in the Atlanta residential areas has actually ordered 925 students, instructors and personnel to self-quarantine after dozens evaluated positive for the coronavirus. The district likewise announced the short-lived closing of among its hardest-hit high schools.

In an e-mail to NPR, Jacoby added: “its worth keeping in mind that this level of public reporting is not required in any way, but is keeping with our longstanding commitment to transparency.”

The Cherokee schools, with more than 42,000 trainees, decided not to mandate masks. Its a decision that some parents have praised. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that about a dozen of them staged a rally on Tuesday in Canton, Ga., in assistance of the district.

Cherokee County School District Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a declaration Tuesday that there had actually been 59 positive COVID-19 tests amongst students and personnel because the Aug. 3 reopening.

” I believe rather honestly today went real well other than a couple of virtual photos,” Kemp said at Mondays press conference. “But the mindset from what theyre telling me was excellent.”

Cherokee public schools spokesperson Barbara Jacoby stated the district had “explained” that “we prepared for positive tests amongst trainees and personnel might happen, which is why we put a system into location to quickly get in touch with trace, required quarantines, alert parents and report cases and quarantines to the whole neighborhood.”

Last month, Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after her directive that city homeowners wear masks in public in the middle of skyrocketing cases in the capital– a more stringent requirement than the governor himself had provided. The lawsuit argued that Bottoms “does not have the legal authority to modify, neglect or alter Governor Kemps executive orders.”