By Tia Lynn Ivey
All four of Morgan County’s public schools have now been impacted by the coronavirus, with new confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and staff and more than 100 students sent home to quarantine due to exposure.
In an effort to keep students, families, and the community as a whole, abreast to unfolding coronavirus cases in schools, the Morgan County School System has added a daily update report to the school system’s website.
“We want to be as transparent and as forthright as we possibly can,” said Dr. Virgil Cole, superintendent of Morgan County schools. “This will help our community be informed of what is happening at each our schools concerning the coronavirus.”
“We are in contact with the Georgia Department of Health, and they said we are still okay to move ahead with the school year,” said Assistant Superintendent Jay Homan.
As of press time on Tuesday, Aug. 18, all four schools have reported positive coronavirus cases either in students or staff and have exposed students in quarantine. According to the school system, a total of 11 Morgan County students have tested positive for the coronavirus and four school staff members have tested positive as well. Due to being exposed to the infected students and staff, a total of 116 students have been sent home to quarantine for two weeks, as have six school staff members.
The school system breaks down each instance on their website: www.morgan.k112.ga.us.
Over the weekend, the school system was notified that one high school student tested positive for COVID-19. Thirteen students who came into close contact with the infected student were notified to quarantine. The school system was also notified over the weekend of four related students who tested positive for COVID-19. This resulted in 17 elementary students and 15 middle school students put on quarantine due to exposure. Also, an elementary school staff member was put on quarantine.
The first primary school student tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, resulting in 18 primary school students being quarantined along with one primary school staff member.
On Monday, another primary school student tested positive, resulting in 19 primary school students being sent home to quarantine, along with two primary school staff members.
Two staff members from the elementary school and one from the school’s board office have also tested positive for COVID-19 this week, but none of them came into close contact with others.
All of this is in addition to last week’s cases and quarantines, in which two related middle school students tested positive for the coronavirus, two high school students tested positive, and a high school community coach tested positive. Those cases resulted in a combined total of 52 students being sent home to quarantine, along with two staff members.
The school system will provide daily coronavirus case and quarantine updates on it’s website and provide an end of the week summary of percentage breakdowns and other information.
“We don’t want to overwhelm families with e-mails everyday, so we want to do our contact tracing and put all the information one central location and be as transparent as possible to get all the relevant information to our school families and the community,’ said Human.
To follow the school system’s daily coronavirus update visit: www.morgan.k12.ga.us.