Only a few districts in the Atlanta metro area are releasing quarantine numbers, but of those that are, numbers show over 23,000 students and staff have already been sent home from school. The new 2021 school year began only two weeks ago.
WSB reported the quarantine numbers by district, “a breakdown of the numbers, as released by each school district in a weekly report.”
WSB Atlanta reports:
Of those districts that do report quarantined students and staff, Fulton County Schools are reporting 6,233 students who are either quarantined or have tested positive. Gwinnett County, the largest school district in the state, has 2,337 students and staff in quarantine. Atlanta Public Schools has 2,035 students and staff in quarantine.
On Friday, Lamar County Schools announced they are shutting down for two weeks due to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases. Students will return to virtual learning until October.
In South Carolina, Jasper County School District announced Sunday its entire High School will be returning to virtual learning beginning Monday August 23rd, citing rising COVID-19 cases. In a letter to families of the school district, Superintendent Rechel Anderson wrote:
“Presently we have 24 documented infections, along with 96 children and staff in quarantine. Our football team, volleyball team and cheerleader squad are all quarantined as at the result of team member positive tests.” Anderson continues, “the number of cases is in itself of concern, more than we saw in the entire 20-21 school year.”