A photo showing a crowded school hallway went viral, not that the school is closed due to an outbreak.
To hear that North Paulding High School in Dallas did not create a safe learning environment for its students, with 6ft distance desks, and dividers is a concern not only as a physician but as a father. The school has since shut down for 2 days of cleaning and the kids have moved to distance learning but that may not stop the spread and the school may have to continue to stay closed longer.
Cases Growing in Bad Conditions
I think the photo of the kids in the crowded hallway was extremely shocking, especially because so few were actually wearing a mask. The CDC says it is much more likely for the virus to spread while spending up to 15 minutes with an infected person. But of course, that number is not set in stone. You can catch the virus from one cough of an infected person. So yes I think case numbers will rise. So far, six students and three staff members have tested positive. And anyone who came into close contact with these people is at risk of getting infected.
A second-grader recently tested positive meaning the entire class and teacher had to go into quarantine. In addition in Cherokee County in Georgia, at least 11 students and two staff members have tested positive in several schools. All 250 students and staff were potentially exposed and they are now in quarantine.
I know it’s scary and a very difficult decision, one my wife and I have not even made yet. When you live with someone or are close to someone who could potentially pass if they caught the virus, that fear is even stringer. the biggest difference between Michigan and Georgia schools though is that masks are not mandatory in Georgia. It’s just encouraged. Michigan has an executive order in place for mandatory mask-wearing. Masks are required for students – what locations they have to wear them in school are based on their age. But all school staff members and kids in grades 6 through 12 are required to wear facial coverings in classrooms, during school transportation, and in the hallways.