The district’s superintendent of police said in a letter on Sunday that Georgia High School had been captured in viral photos last week that the hallway filled with students had been temporarily closed, with nine of the school’s COVID-19 students Will test positive for
Letters ranging from Paulding County School District Superintendent Brian Ottot to parents of North Pauling High School students were obtained by NBC News. The letter did not provide additional information about who contracted the disease or what their condition was.
The letter stated that students would use the “digital learning” model on Mondays and Tuesdays. Otot notes that the number of cases may increase if pending tests also produce positive results.
The school will inform parents on Tuesday night whether in-person classes will resume.
School officials did not return NBCNews’ request for comment Sunday.
Semester investigation began after North Paulding, which is about an hour northwest from Atlanta, began on Monday. One student tweeted images showing other students, many of whom did not stand in masks, shoulder to shoulder, in the hallway of the school.
Day two at North Paulding High School, a student named Hannah Waters said in the image. “It’s just as bad. We were stopped because it was jammed. We are quite close to the point where I was pushed. … This is not right. Not to mention the 10% mask rate. “
Waters was suspended for using her phone without permission in school grounds and other cases, though that suspension was later overturned.
In an open letter to the school community, Otot said critics misapplied the image of the district’s attempts to reopen.
“Under the COVID-19 protocol we have adopted, class changes that look like this can occur, especially in high school with more than 2,000 students,” Ottot wrote. “Keep in mind that this situation is in compliance with the Georgia Department of Education” reopening guidelines to “make the congregation of students ‘viable to the extent’ during the transition.”
“Now, that said, there’s no question that the photo doesn’t look good,” he said.