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More than 860 students and teachers in one Georgia school district are told to quarantine after dozens test positive for COVID-19 as in-person classes resume

Coronavirus US: 868 Georgia students and teachers quarantined

  • Schools in Georgia's Cherokee County district have asked 826 students and 42 teachers to quarantine for 14 days due to possible coronavirus exposure
  • The 42,000-student district, which is just outside Atlanta, said on Monday that 38 students and 12 teachers had tested positive for the virus 
  • Those who have been asked to quarantine were identified as part of the district's contact tracing efforts 
  • District drew attention last week when a photo of students at Etowah High School squeezed together for first-day-of-school senior photos without masks
  • The district says it had planned for positive tests among students and staff as part of its reopening plans 

More than 860 students and teachers from a single school district in Georgia are currently quarantining after dozens of COVID-19 infections were reported when in-person classes resumed a week ago. 

Schools in the Cherokee County district have asked 826 students and 42 teachers to quarantine for 14 days due to possible coronavirus exposure just six days into the new school year. 

The 42,000-student district, which is just outside Atlanta, said on Monday that 38 students and 12 teachers had tested positive for the virus in the week that in-person classes resumed.  


Those who have been asked to quarantine were identified as part of the district's contact tracing efforts as people who may have come into close contact with an infected student or teacher. 

The school district drew national attention last week when a photo of students at Etowah High School squeezed together for first-day-of-school senior photos without wearing masks. 

Schools in Georgia's Cherokee County district have asked 826 students and 42 teachers to quarantine for 14 days due to possible coronavirus exposure. District drew national attention last week when a photo of students at Etowah High School squeezed together for first-day-of-school senior photos without masks

Schools in Georgia's Cherokee County district have asked 826 students and 42 teachers to quarantine for 14 days due to possible coronavirus exposure. District drew national attention last week when a photo of students at Etowah High School squeezed together for first-day-of-school senior photos without masks

Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Brian Hightower sent a letter home to parents saying that many of the seniors in those photos 'wear masks routinely' even though the school doesn't require them to.  

Nearly 300 students at Etowah High School are currently quarantining. 

The school district is posting information about all confirmed infections and quarantines on its website in a bid to be transparent.

'As made clear in our reopening of school plan, we anticipated positive tests among students and staff could occur, which 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,' Cherokee spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said. 

'We are not hesitating to quarantine students and staff who have had possible exposure - even if the positive test was prompted by possible exposure rather than symptoms.' 

No statewide mask mandate is currently in place in Georgia but the Cherokee County school district has encouraged students to wear them. 

It comes as Georgia's governor Brian Kemp said on Monday that the reopening of some of the state's schools amid the pandemic outbreak had gone well - except for the widely shared photos of students crowded together without masks. 

Students at Sequoyah High School change classes on 4th day of first week of face-to-face school in Cherokee County

Students at Sequoyah High School change classes on 4th day of first week of face-to-face school in Cherokee County

The state of Georgia currently has more than 219,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

The state of Georgia currently has more than 219,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

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Comment by eollis on September 12, 2020 at 12:03pm

Well. The question remains of how these students will acquire knowledge. And one more question, will the teachers of this college be able to teach students using computers and all that. I think that there is nothing better when the learning process takes place within the walls of the college and there is eye contact with the teacher. At home, you can use the help of this WritingEssays.com service. But you can't do this in a lecture. Here you will show your real knowledge, won't you?

Comment by evolution on August 11, 2020 at 7:42pm
Southern governor's to damn ignorant to be leaders and some of the folks that listen to them just as ignorant.

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