COVID-19 update in Wiregrass schools
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -
As Wiregrass schools prepped for one of the most difficult years of teaching anyone has ever seen, they also had to consider the safety of their students and staff.
For at least a month most schools have been in session social distancing in classrooms, mandatory mask-wearing, and some schools even switching to a hybrid approach.
“Out of all the close contacts that you saw, we’ve had 91 sent home and not one of those have tested positive for it after being around somebody at school that tested positive. So that’s good information to me. I think the masks, the keeping them apart. We ask our teachers to move out extra furniture out of their rooms like tables or chairs or book shelves they had up until this year to make it where they could spread kids out all the way out around the room," Becky Birdsong, Geneva County Schools superintendent.
Let’s take a look at where some of these wiregrass schools stand.
On August 6th, Enterprise City School students became the first to get back into the classroom.
With more than 5,500 students on campus each week. 23 students and 11 employees have tested positive.
The largest school in the Wiregrass with more than 8,000 students, Dothan City Schools decided to delay their start date until after Labor Day.
Currently the district has 5 students and 14 employees that have tested positive for covid-19. With 62 students and 11 employees currently either exposed or quarantined.
Dale County, Geneva City and Geneva County schools have all had less than 10 students test positive for covid-19 since their start date.
Dale County is currently in their 8th week of school with 80% on campus. 9 employees out of 399 tested positive for covid-19 and 8 students out of 3,200 have tested positive for covid-19.
Numbers they are crediting to the mandatory mask mandate but will that be a requirement for long?
“If she doesn’t were leaning toward continuing with the masks to be honest. Our kids have done better wearing masks then adults have. I’m not saying that we couldn’t alter our mask wearing policy and say we can have more breaks or whatever but I kind of hate to mess with what’s working," Birdsong said.
Governor Ivey’s amended safer at home order is set to end this Friday, October 2nd.
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