Georgia school with large crowds reports positive cases

A total of nine students and staff members at a Georgia high school have tested positive for the coronavirus, the principal said in a letter to parents after the school made headlines for online photos showing hallways packed with teens — many of them not wearing masks, SIA reports.

Principal Gabe Carmona wrote on Saturday that six students and three staff members at North Paudling High School west of Atlanta tested positive for Covid-19. The infected students and staff members were inside the school building "sometime" last week, Carmona's letter said.

Meanwhile, school officials in a nearby metro Atlanta county reported 12 students and two staff members across a dozen schools tested positive for the virus during their first week back at school. The Cherokee County school system reported that more than 250 students with potential exposure had been sent home to quarantine for two weeks. Paulding County’s 30,000 students were offered a remote learning option. About 30 percent of students chose online learning. Cherokee County school officials said 22 percent of the districts 42,200 students opted to start the year with online classes.

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