Georgia high school that saw 9 positive COVID-19 cases to briefly move to online learning

Source: The Hill | August 9, 2020 | Aris Folley

A high school in Georgia that gained viral attention last week after photos emerged showing students, many without masks, in packed hallways says it will temporarily close after it was discovered multiple students and faculty contracted COVID-19 following its first week of classes.

Dr. Brian Otott, superintendent for the Paulding County School District, said in a letter to parents shared by WSB-TV journalist Chris Jose on Sunday that the North Paulding High School will be switching from in-person instruction to digital learning this coming Monday and Tuesday. 

Otott said in the letter that the announcement was the “result of our being informed of nine cases of COVID-19” at the high school after it resumed in-person classes last week.

He said the district, which he added has also been in consultation with health officials, also made the decision due to the “possibility that the number could increase if there are currently pending tests that prove positive.”

The letter said parents will be notified when students will be able to return to school come late Tuesday.


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