Jacksonville, Florida. – Fletcher High School students and staff return to school this morning after leaving their classes for more than a week.
The entire school has been taken to online learning due to several cases of COVID-19. Health officials have linked the source of the outbreak to activities outside of school, including a party attended by several students.
According to the Duval County Public Schools Injury Information Panel, a total of 42 students and four employees have tested positive since August. Most of these numbers have been associated with The outbreak two weeks ago that led administrators to close campuses Athletes on the sidelines are participating in many sports teams.
“A good number of students” have shown symptoms of the virus, said Dr. Pauline Roll, director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County, which is tracking contacts for the school district.
Rolle also said her office was late in receiving many test results, slowing efforts to notify parents and students who may have been exposed to a student who tested positive for the virus.
“Often times families know much earlier, sometimes even a week before we knew, that they had a positive case in their home. So we had complaints from the community that said, ‘Oh my God.’ Rolle said it takes so long for you guys to reach us.” So we asked people to let us know if they got a positive (result) and they didn’t hear from us. “
In an email sent to parents on Thursday, Fletcher High School Principal Dean Ledford wrote:
“We will continue to follow all safety protocols we put in place before the lockdown. Continue to stay safe at home and throughout the community. If the student still has a quarantine directive from the Ministry of Health, please adhere to this directive.. Other than that, we are really looking forward to regrouping as a school community on campus tomorrow. “
A parent of a student at Fletcher High School told News4Jax Thursday that her daughter was eager to return to personal learning.
“I think they should have stayed a hybrid until after Christmas,” said Shannon Burbridge. “They’ve done a great job at Fletcher, I know they’re doing their best and the manager is amazing. Outside we have this dichotomy. Some people are very cautious and some people don’t think it’s a problem at all, so, yeah, I’m worried.”
Douglas Anderson School of Art has also closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In-person sessions for these students and staff are expected to resume on Friday.
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