Cherokee County GA schools reopen in midst of Covid-19 anxiety

School buses make their way to Teasley Middle School on first day of fall semester Monday.

As of late Friday afternoon, a total of 11 Cherokee County schools have implemented some level of quarantine based on cases of COVID-19, according to school system officials.

Earlier Friday, the system revealed positive tests for COVID-19 at Bascomb Elementary School, Creekland Middle School and Cherokee High School. After 5 p.m. Friday Creekview, Etowah and Woodstock High Schools were added to the list.

The first quarantine was at Sixes Elementary School on Tuesday when a student tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the second day of the new school year.

According to school system Communications Director Barbara Jacoby, the schools and situations are:

Creekview High School

A 10th-grade student and a 12th-grade student, who are not related, have tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. The 10th-grader last attended school on Monday.  The student showed no symptoms, but was tested due to possible exposure. Due to this exposure, 26 students must quarantine for two weeks. The 12th-grader last attended school on Monday; when the symptoms began after school, the student’s parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis. Due to this exposure, 29 students must quarantine for two weeks. The quarantined students will receive instruction online from home through our Canvas learning management system.  Affected classrooms will be deep-cleaned.

Etowah High School

A ninth-grade student who attended class on Thursday has tested positive for COVID-19. The student showed no symptoms, but was tested due to possible exposure outside of school. When the symptoms began after school Thursday, the student’s parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. Due to this exposure, 30 students and one teacher must quarantine for two weeks. The quarantined students will receive instruction online from home through our Canvas learning management system. Affected classrooms will be deep-cleaned.

Woodstock High School

An 11th-grade student who last attended class on Tuesday has tested positive for COVID-19. The student showed no symptoms, but was tested due to possible exposure outside of school. When the symptoms began after school Tuesday, the student’s parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. Due to this exposure, 20 students must quarantine for two weeks. The quarantined students will receive instruction online from home through our Canvas learning management system. Affected classrooms will be deep-cleaned. 

Bascomb Elementary School

An After School Program worker tested positive for COVID-19. The ASP worker was at the school on Monday. Due to possible exposure outside of work, the ASP worker sought testing and has not returned to work since Monday. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. Due to this exposure, 21 first-graders, 10 kindergarteners and another ASP worker must quarantine for two weeks. The quarantined students will receive instruction online from home through our Canvas learning management system. Affected classrooms have been deep-cleaned.

Creekland Middle School

A sixth-grade student who attended class on Monday and Tuesday has tested positive for COVID-19. The student showed no symptoms, but was tested due to possible exposure outside of school. The student has not attended classes since Tuesday. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. Due to this exposure, 20 students must quarantine for two weeks. The quarantined students will receive instruction online from home through our Canvas learning management system. Affected classrooms have been deep-cleaned.

Cherokee High School

An 11th-grade student and a 12th-grade student, who are not related, have tested positive for COVID-19. Neither showed symptoms, but were tested due to possible exposure outside of school. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. The 11th-grader last attended school on Wednesday. Due to this exposure, 13 students must quarantine for two weeks. The 12th-grader last attended school on Tuesday. Due to this exposure, 10 students must quarantine for two weeks. The quarantined students will receive instruction online from home through our Canvas learning management system. Affected classrooms have been deep-cleaned.

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy

A third-grade student who attended class on Tuesday has tested positive for COVID-19. The student showed no symptoms during school on Tuesday, but since has received a positive diagnosis. The student did not attend class on Wednesday or Thursday. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. Due to this exposure, nine students and the teacher must quarantine for two weeks. The teacher, who is symptom-free, is teaching the quarantined students online from home through our Canvas learning management system. All other students will receive daily instruction in their classroom from a certified teacher. The classroom has been deep-cleaned.

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy

A first-grade student who attended class on Monday has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents have been notified. Due to this exposure, three students from the child’s class and the teacher, and seven students from the After School Program must quarantine for two weeks; this exposure does not require the closure of the class. Arrangements are being made to continue to provide educational services to all students. The classroom is being deep-cleaned Wednesday. The student showed no symptoms during school on Monday; when the symptoms began after school, the student’s parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis. The student did not come to school on Tuesday or Wednesday; CCSD received confirmation of the positive diagnosis Wednesday.

Dean Rusk Middle School

An eighth-grade student who attended class on Monday has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was conducted, and all affected students’ parents were notified to pick up their children early Wednesday. Due to this exposure, 15 students must quarantine for two weeks; this exposure does not require the closure of any classes or any staff to quarantine. The affected students will receive instruction while under quarantine through our Canvas learning management system. The student showed no symptoms during school on Monday; when the symptoms began after school, the student’s parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis. The student did not come to school on Tuesday or Wednesday; CCSD received confirmation of the positive diagnosis Wednesday.

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy

A kindergarten teacher had been working at school without symptoms; she began showing symptoms after school on Monday. The teacher did not come to school on Tuesday or Wednesday and sought medical assistance and testing. Although CCSD has not received confirmation of a positive diagnosis, the Department of Public Health has advised, based on the teacher’s contact with a family member who since has tested positive, her class must quarantine for two weeks. Contact tracing was conducted at the school; all affected staff and students’ parents were notified on Tuesday night of a possible exposure, and were required to keep their children home from school today. No parents reported their children showing symptoms nor have any other staff at the school. Due to this exposure, the affected classroom will be temporarily closed, and the teacher, paraprofessional and 16 students in the class must quarantine for two weeks. Arrangements are being made to continue to provide educational services to the students. The classroom is being deep-cleaned today.

The school system developed protocols to deal with cases of COVID-19 that can include closures ranging in size from single classrooms, to sections of schools, whole schools and up to the entire district.

More than 30,000 students returned to campuses across the Cherokee County School District on Monday for the first time since last March when schools were closed in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Almost a quarter of families chose to start the school year with their students at home learning online.

In the past two weeks Cherokee County has recorded 772 new cases of coronavirus infection, according to DPH. COVID-19 has killed 57 people in Cherokee County, according to state statistics.

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(4) comments

bspotts

Will we be kept updated on the progress of these 'positive' tested students and perhaps their symptoms? Please. As CV-19 tests are highly inaccurate these test results could mean zip.

Jimmy Nomayo

Leaders at every level are careless and stupid. What happened to take-charge America over the last 50 years. Americans are so ignorant, gullible, acrimonious and intolerant of everything. In the immortal words of Forrest Gump's mama, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

NorthGA

CCSD...do you read this? Unnecessary exposure to all the families of quarantined children.

Thanks for caring about those 30,000 families now in the cross hairs of this virus.

Jimmy Nomayo

Well said!

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