The Georgia high school caught in viral images recently that showed corridors loaded with students will temporarily close after 9 people at the school checked positive for COVID-19, the district’s superintendent stated in a letter Sunday.
The letter, from Paulding County School Superintendent Brian Otott to parents of North Paulding High School trainees, was gotten by NBC News. The letter didn’t supply extra information about who contracted the disease or what their conditions are.
Students will utilize a “digital knowing” design Monday and Tuesday while the school undergoes deep cleansing, the letter states. Otott says the number of cases could increase if pending tests likewise return favorable outcomes.
The school will alert moms and dads Tuesday night whether in-person classes will resume.
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School officials didn’t return an ask for remark Sunday.
North Paulding, which is almost an hour northwest of Atlanta, drew analysis after its fall semester began last Monday. A trainee tweeted images revealing other trainees, much of whom weren’t using masks, standing shoulder to carry in the corridors.
” Day two at North Paulding High School,” the student, Hannah Watters, said in the image “It is simply as bad. We were stopped due to the fact that it was jammed. We are close adequate to the point where I got pressed. … This is not ok. Not to discuss the 10%mask rate.”
Hannah was suspended for utilizing her phone without permission on school premises and other matters. The suspension was later reversed.
In an open letter to the school neighborhood, Otott stated critics were unjustly using the image to disparage the district’s reopening efforts.
” Under the COVID-19 procedures we have adopted, class modifications that look like this might occur, specifically at a high school with more than 2,000 students,” Otott wrote. “Keep in mind that this circumstance complies with the Georgia Department of Education’s” resuming standards that “limit the congregation of students during transitions to the ‘degree practicable.'”
” Now, with that stated, there is no question that image does not look good,” he included.
Blayne Alexander is an NBC News correspondent.