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Long Co. School System quarantines 49 students along bus line

Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 8:14 PM EDT
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LONG COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - “She came home and told me ‘Mom, I have to be quarantined because someone on the bus has COVID,” Danielle Fontaine said.

Fontaine’s 16-year-old daughter has to spend the next 10 days at home, after the Long County School System announced Tuesday that students on bus route 26 must be quarantined.

The assistant superintendent says that’s 49 students all in high school. Leaving families, like Fontaine, wondering how their child will continue with schoolwork.

“I called the school and asked if virtual was an option, and they told me virtual was not an option this year,” Fontaine said. “I’m going to have to pay out of pocket and homeschool my kids.”

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The superintendent said quarantined students won’t have a virtual instructor, but will get their assignments through Google Classroom, Google Meet, or even paper packets.

But since that conversation, the school district released an update to parents saying it is looking at possibly offering a temporary learn-from-home option to allow parental flexibility. Schools will remain open for face-to-face learning as well.

Fontaine says she doesn’t feel all three of her kids are safe going back inside the classrooms.

“People are sending their kids sick to school,” Fontaine said.

She already chose the district’s delayed start option, so she sent her kids back on Monday. While one is in a mandatory quarantine, the other two are now at home, as they’re immunocompromised.

“I’m just not comfortable sending my kids back to school,” Fontaine said.

The superintendent says schools should be reaching out to families of quarantined students about how they’ll continue learning. If you haven’t heard anything, you are asked to call the school principal.

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