Second Grader Tests Positive for COVID-19 After First Day Back in School

August 5, 2020

Families are on the alert as classes resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A second grader in Cherokee County, Georgia has tested positive for COVID-19, just after one day of in-person classes, reports NBC affiliate WXIA-TV.

Parents of students at the school, Sixes Elementary School, were notified of the positive case the next day by Ashley Kennerly, the school’s principal.

In the letter, Kennerly advised parents to temperature scan and monitor kids for symptoms.

She also said the second-grade classroom will be closed out of “an abundance of caution and in accordance with our Exposure and Response Plan.”

This is the first positive diagnosis among Cherokee County’s students and staff, district chief communications officer Barbara P. Jacoby told the outlet.

According to Jacoby, the classroom in question will be deep cleaned and remain closed for two weeks, as the teacher and 20 students switch over to remote learning so the group can quarantine.

Jacoby also said that the unidentified student tested positive when symptoms began after school and “the student's parents sought medical assistance and testing that resulted in the positive diagnosis.”

Across Cherokee County, nine staff members have test positive for the virus as of last Friday, according to a report that the district updates once a week.

The positive case comes as the unpredictable start of the school year during the pandemic has educators and families alike on edge.

Last week, a junior high student in Indiana tested positive for coronavirus, also after just one days of classes resuming. Despite the case, the superintendent specified that the district will press on with reopenings as planned.

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