Jacksonville, Florida. – As the Department of Health is tracking multiple cases of coronavirus infection at Douglas Anderson School of Art as Duval County Public Schools announced that the campus will be closed on Monday and all students must use the Duval HomeRoom.
“Given the number of cases and the potential impact on our school, we will move all students to online tutoring through Duval Master Room Starting Monday, October 19, we will continue to teach online at least until October 21, “according to a message posted on the school’s website.
According to the DCPS COVID-19 Status Dashboard, three students and two teachers have tested positive since the school year began on August 20, but there is usually a gap between when cases are reported to the district when cases are added to the dashboard.
“Like Fletcher last week, this is a precaution as we wait for the Department of Health to complete the contact tracing,” DCPS spokeswoman Tracey Pearce said in a statement on Sunday afternoon. “Also similar to last week, these cases appear to be related to activities outside of school.”
While the school is closed, it will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and will consult with county health officials to determine when the school can reopen.
Last week, when cases began to be reported at the school that Amy Hines Johnson’s son is attending in 10th grade, News4Jax told News4Jax that it believed the new cases at the school had arisen from a dance event that emerged after a positive visiting choreographer.
“Lots of people are without masks, you know. We can see them on Instagram and in their stories, and they post pictures, and there is no social distancing,” said Heinz Johnson.
An email was sent from the school principal on Friday to notify families of the confirmed cases at the school and that contact tracing is ongoing.
Heinz Johnson said the connection should have been much faster.
“I understand they’re trying to contact the parents of affected children first. But they’re trying to keep it a secret, but it’s really not a teen secret, they already know,” said Heinz Johnson.
Fletcher High School plans to reopen its doors on Tuesday, although it may be extended.
DCPS uses the 20% exposure limit when deciding to close an entire campus. This means that if one in five students and staff, who are in the form of bricks and mortar, is exposed to exposure, the entire school will be transferred to virtual learning.
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