COVID-19 outbreak forces Evans Co. schools to return to hybrid learning

COVID-19 outbreak forces Evans Co. schools to return to hybrid learning

EVANS COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A COVID-19 outbreak has forced Evans County school leaders to return to an A/B hybrid model.

The district became aware of the new spike in cases Friday evening into the weekend.

The A/B model includes students being fully socially distanced on buses, in the classrooms and even at lunch.

According to principal Dr. Bobby Costlow, the majority of the cases that resulted in the district’s outbreak came from Claxton elementary school.

“We’ve had to quarantine an additional 11 staff members and 62 students,” Dr. Costlow said. “So right now we have a total of 15 staff members quarantined due to exposure outside of the school and 73 students exposed outside of the school. We don’t have a positive transmission from student to student or faculty to student or student to faculty.”

The county’s school nurse said they were prepared for the worst but were hoping for a better outcome to start the new semester.

“With this age group they love to play and hug and they have to touch everything,” said the district’s lead nurse Marsha Fletcher. “That’s one of our things with the teachers, making sure we’re wiping down everything, cleaning and sanitizing everything.”

As district leaders work through another semester of hybrid learning, superintendent Marty Waters said many of the case transmissions are happening outside of the schools but even still he says they’re pleading with parents and faculty to follow DPH guidelines to stop the spread.

“I can’t emphasize enough to parents and employees if you’re sick, if your children are sick, please keep them home,” Waters said. “If they have tested, please keep them home until we have the results.”

Waters said they are fully prepared to go completely virtual if needed.

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