One student was initially suspended for sharing photos.
Nine people tested positive for COVID-19 at a Georgia high school, where a photo of a cramped hallway went viral earlier this week.
Six students and three staff members who attended the school last week gave positive results, according to a letter to parents on Saturday that ABC News obtained. Positive cases have been reported to the school following private tests.
“We have predicted that COVID-19 will affect us as it has nearly every community, and the district has partnered with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to proactively take preventive measures and safe response, “the letter wrote. It does not say if anyone will be quarantined or the school will be fully or partially closed, but the custodian will continue daily disinfection procedures.
This photo shows students crowded together at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. Some students wear masks, but many students do not wear masks, and cannot be kept out of society.
The photo caused outrage from parents and outside observers, but was also the punishment for the students who filmed and shared them.
Hannah Watters, 15, a 10th grader at the school, was suspended for sharing photos with the media. The school has even loudly warned that others doing the same could be fined.
However, on Friday, her suspension was canceled, as well as another student’s punishment. She told ABC News on Friday, before she got the letter about positive tests, she plans to come back on Monday.
Last week was the first week the students returned to school.
“Enter [to school] I am very nervous, but trust Paulding to keep us safe, “Hannah told ABC News earlier this week.” But things are worse than I thought. I don’t feel safe, especially returning home with my family after school. “
The school wrote in a post-release letter of the photos, “According to the COVID-19 protocol that we have adopted, changes to classrooms like this can occur, especially in a High school with more than 2,000 students. ”
President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have both pushed schools to reopen for face-to-face learning whenever possible.
“Our strategy is to actively shield those at greatest risk while allowing younger and healthier citizens to safely continue to work and school,” Trump said on Saturday. at a press conference announcing many actions on executive relief targeting COVID-19.
Stephanie Wash, Lena Camilletti and Darren Reynolds of ABC News contributed to this report.