Some families with children enrolled at Living Science Home Studies, a local homeschool cooperative, have been asked to self-quarantine by Georgia Department of Public Health officials after a student there was confirmed to have coronavirus.

The unidentified student was in class at the North Arnold Mill campus Feb. 26 before showing symptoms of the virus. Anyone who interacted with him that day, including two teachers and a group of fewer than 20 students, is under quarantine, according to school representatives.

“There were two classes that he attended that day. All the students who were in those classes, teachers and other students who interacted with him were contacted and are now in quarantine,” said Terry Scarpetti of Living Science.

Homeschool program officials in a statement confirmed that the infected student studies in a class with other children on Wednesdays, and DPH notified the families of all of those children and asked them to self-quarantine for the two week incubation virus, returning to school March 12.

“(DPH) stated that Living Science was not required to close its campus. However, in an abundance of caution, Living Science has elected to close the campus until Thursday, March 12. Living Science trusts that this decision gives families the greatest freedom to determine how to best care for their children,” Living Science administrators said in the statement the Tribune received late Tuesday.

Living Science teachers have been encouraged to use online resources to help families continue to study at home.

Representatives of the school did not immediately respond to a request to confirm how many families have been affected.

The homeschool program ended the statement with a request for prayers for the student and his family.

Living Science is a Christian homeschool center on North Arnold Mill near Woodstock, in unincorporated Cherokee County.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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