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260 students and 8 teachers quarantined in Georgia school district after first week of school

August 8, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At least 260 students and eight teachers from a suburban school district in Atlanta, Georgia, were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for Covid-19 during the first week of school.

(CNN)At least 260 students and eight teachers from a suburban school district in Atlanta, Georgia, were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for Covid-19 during the first week of school.

In statements posted on its website, the Cherokee County School District reported positive cases in at least 11 students and two staff members.

Students and staff who had possible exposure with a positive case have been told to quarantine for two weeks.

The students were from the county's elementary, middle and high schools.

Quarantined students will receive online instruction while they stay home, the district said.

"We have students and staff reporting presumptive, pending and positive COVID-19 tests every day, and this will continue as we operate schools during a pandemic," he said.

Hightower thanked the school community for their support in helping to reopen schools in person and simultaneously launch a new Digital Learning program to start the school year on time.

Meanwhile, a Cherokee County second grader was possibly the first child to report being tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school, according to the district.

He wrote that the answer to keeping schools open rested with the entire school community and said parents need to continue to keep their children home when they are sick.

As schools have reopened for the new academic year around the country, parents and administrators are making difficult decisions about how to ensure students get the education they need while also staying safe in an ongoing pandemic.

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