Days after photos of packed hallways go viral, Paulding high school reports 9 COVID-19 cases
Earlier this week, a sophomore student alleged that she was suspended from the school for sharing a viral photograph of the packed hallway of the school.
Just days after a photo of crowded hallways at North Paulding High School went viral, parents were informed Saturday of nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus at the school.
Six students and three staff members who were at the school last week have tested positive, according to a letter sent to parents Saturday that was acquired by ABC News. The positive cases were reported to the school after private tests.
“We have anticipated that COVID-19 would impact us as it has nearly every community, and the district has worked in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to proactively implement safety precautions and response plans,” the letter reads. It does not say whether anyone will be quarantined or if the school will close fully or in part, but says custodial staff will continue daily disinfecting procedures.
Schools in the USA have reopened for the new academic sessions even as the threat of the pandemic looms large and cases continue to spike.
While many have responded to the resurgence of cases with completely remote schooling, others have opted to return to the classroom — which the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said works if safety measures are the priority.
North Paulding got national attention last week after a student took a photo of jam-packed hallways with few students wearing masks. School officials initially suspended the student who took the photo, Hannah Waters, but then lifted the punishment after it sparked outrage.
“Going in [to school] I was nervous, but trusting that Paulding would keep us safe,” Hannah told ABC News earlier this week. “But it was worse than I thought it was going to be. I didn’t feel safe, especially coming home to family after going to school.”
The school wrote in a letter following the release of the photos, “Under the COVID-19 protocols we have adopted, class changes that look like this may happen, especially at a high school with more than 2,000 students.”