At least six students and three staff members who tested positive for coronavirus at Georgia High School caught the nation’s attention over the past week due to photos showing the school’s hallways filled with students. A few wear masks. Gabe Carmona, principal of North Paulding High School, sent a letter to the parents over the weekend detailing that 9 people who had been at school “at least for some time” last week were positive for COVID-19. “At this point, we know that six students and three staff members were at school for at least some time last week who reported to us that they were positive,” read The letter is published by the Atlanta Journal- Organization.
The letter did not state whether any students or staff would be quarantined or if any classes would be closed. “We have predicted that COVID-19 will affect us because it has nearly every community, and the district has partnered with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to proactively take preventive measures. safety and response plans, ”the letter wrote.
The Paulding County School District started the school year on Monday and quickly became a national focus after pictures of its crowded hallway went viral on social media. Attention was not only on what the photos showed, but also how the district responded to their publication by suspending two students and warning others that they would face consequences. if they also post pictures on social media.
One of those suspended, 15-year-old Hannah Watters, a 10th grader said she has no regrets about her decision to post a photo even though she recognizes it as a violation of school policy towards posting pictures of students on social networks. media without their consent. “My mom always told me she wouldn’t get angry at us if we got in trouble as long as ‘good trouble,'” Hannah told the New York Times, using John Lewis’s already famous phrase. Georgia’s longtime lawmaker and civil rights icon passed away last month. “You’re better than society and better than the world, so those consequences aren’t bigger than the end result.” Hillary Clinton also suggested Lewis when she praised the students who took the photos. “John Lewis will be proud,” she wrote on Twitter when linking to a story about the suspension.
After a wave of national outcry, the district lifted the suspension on Friday. “After considering a situation at North Paulding High School that resulted in the suspension of two students, NPHS principal [North Paulding High School] informed students today that their suspension was canceled and all records regarding the suspension have been removed, ”Brian Otott, superintendent of Paulding County School District, wrote in a statement. .
Ottot previously sent a letter to parents saying the photos were taken out of context. “Several individuals on social media were taking this picture and using it without context to criticize our attempt to reopen the school,” Otott said. “According to the COVID-19 protocols that we have adopted, classroom changes like this can happen, especially in a high school with more than 2,000 students.” He also said that wearing masks is a “personal choice” and “there is no practical way to force them to wear them”.
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