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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

More than 250 public school students and faculty in quarantine this week

The increase is tied to positive cases on sports teams

More than 400 Alachua County Public Schools students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the school year. 

As of Friday afternoon, ACPS has 81 active COVID-19 cases, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard. This week, 258 are in quarantine — an increase of more than 100 since last week. 

The increase was tied to members or coaches from the Buchholz cheerleading, girls’ basketball and boys’ basketball teams testing positive, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said. 

She noted that the protocol is to quarantine entire sports teams when a student or coach tests positive out of an “abundance of caution.”

Cases in Alachua County Public Schools

In elementary schools, there are 17 student and 10 staff COVID-19 cases. 

  • Alachua: 1 student 1 staff
  • Archer: 1 student 1 staff
  • Chiles: 2 students 1 staff
  • Glen Springs: 4 students 1 staff
  • Hidden Oak: 1 student
  • High Spring: 1 staff
  • Metcalfe: 1 student
  • Newberry: 2 students
  • Norton: 2 students 1 staff
  • Shell: 1 staff
  • Terwilliger: 1 student 1 staff
  • Wiles: 1 student 1 staff 
  • Williams: 1 student 

There are 19 student and six staff COVID-19 cases in middle schools. 

  • Bishop: 1 student
  • Fort Clarke: 2 students
  • Hawthorne: 1 student 2 staff
  • Kanapaha: 4 students
  • Lincoln: 1 student 2 staff
  • Mebane: 5 students 
  • Oak View: 2 students
  • Westwood: 3 students 2 staff

There are 22 student and six staff COVID-19 cases in high schools. 

  • Buchholz: 10 students 2 staff
  • Eastside: 1 student
  • Gainesville: 3 students 2 staff
  • Newberry: 7 students 1 staff
  • Santa Fe: 1 student 1 staff

There are four cases in school centers.

  • Sidney Lanier: 1 staff
  • A. Quinn Jones: 3 staff

There are four staff positives in district administration.

This brings district totals for the school year to 262 student and 140 staff cases. 

Here are important upcoming dates:

  • The Half Cent Oversight Committee, who review spending under the Half Cent for Schools, a sales tax initiative approved by voters that raises money for facilities improvements and the rebuilding and remodeling of schools, meets Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. 

  • The school board meets Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. where it will vote on interim Superintendent Carlee Simon’s contract and review the updated plan the state required after last week’s  emergency order

  • ACPS interim progress report cards go out Dec. 15. 

  • The district’s winter holiday break is from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

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