By Tia Lynn Ivey
A total of 165 Morgan County students, across all four schools, have been sent home to quarantine after being exposed at school to COVID-19, the highly contagious coronavirus. Since school reopened on Aug. 6, a total of 21 students and seven staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.
According to school officials, everyone who has come into “close contact” with infected individuals have been sent home to quarantine for two weeks. Close contact is defined as coming within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.
Virtual learning programs are up and running for quarantined students to continue learning at home.
The total enrollment for all four of Morgan County’s public school is 3,240 students. The school system employs 478 staff members.
According to Morgan County School System, a total of nine high school students have tested positive for the coronavirus. Six middle school students have tested positive for the coronavirus. Four elementary students have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two primary school students tested positive for the coronavirus.
The school system is providing daily and weekly updates on the number of confirmed cases and quarantine numbers on its website: www.morgan.k12.ga.us.
““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.”
According to Jay Homan, assistant superintendent, the school system is diligently following the directives of health officials to keep students and staff as safe as possible while continuing the school year.
“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.