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Monday, January 25, 2021

More than 140 Alachua County Public School students and staff in quarantine following winter break

Most of the spread is happening outside of school at social gatherings and other activities

A week after Alachua County Public Schools resumed classes, 144 students and staff were in quarantine, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard

Under protocol, those in quarantine reflect COVID-19 positive cases, people who have had significant contact with someone who has COVID-19, and in the case of sports teams, if an athlete or coach tests positive, the entire team must go into quarantine.  ACPS’s total enrollment is 26,678 students. 

There was an increase in cases following winter break, as the district expected, Jackie Johnson, ACPS spokesperson, said. There were 68 active COVID-19 student cases and 41 active COVID-19 staff cases as of Tuesday morning. These cases represent students and staff who have reported a positive test result to ACPS within the past 10 days.

These cases were not due to campus spread. Most of the spread is happening within households or during recreational activities that occur outside of school, such as parties, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said. 

The cases are fluctuating daily as some students leave to go into quarantine and others return to school after spending time in quarantine, she said. Since the start of the school year, more than 400 ACPS students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19. 

ACPS continues to follow the advice of the Scientific Medical Advisory Council, which includes UF experts who monitor the district’s cases daily, Johnson said.

In elementary schools, there are 27 student and 16 staff COVID-19 cases, as of Tuesday morning.

  • Alachua Elementary: 1 staff 

  • Archer Elementary: 1 student 

  • Chiles Elementary: 1 student, 3 staff 

  • Duval Early Learning: 1 student 

  • Foster Elementary: 2 students 

  • Hidden Oak Elementary: 4 students, 1 staff 

  • High Springs Community: 4 students, 1 staff

  • Idylwild Elementary: 1 staff 

  • Littlewood Elementary: 3 students, 2 staff 

  • Meadowbrook Elementary: 3 staff 

  • Newberry Elementary: 2 students, 1 staff 

  • Norton Elementary: 1 student, 1 staff 

  • Parker Elementary: 1 student 

  • Rawlings Elementary: 4 students 

  • Shell Elementary: 1 staff 

  • Talbot Elementary: 1 student 

  • Terwilliger Elementary: 1 staff 

  • Wiles Elementary: 2 students 

In middle schools, there are 8 student and 8 staff COVID-19 cases, as of Tuesday morning.

  • Ft. Clarke Middle: 3 students, 1 staff 

  • Kanapaha Middle: 2 students, 2 staff 

  • Lincoln Middle: 2 staff  

  • Mebane Middle: 1 student 

  • Oak View Middle: 1 student, 2 staff 

  • Westwood Middle: 1 student, 1 staff  

In high schools, there are 32 student and 2 staff COVID-19 cases, as of Tuesday morning.

  • Buchholz High: 14 students

  • Eastside High: 5 students

  • Gainesville High: 8 students, 1 staff

  • Loften High: 1 student

  • Newberry High: 3 students

  • Santa Fe High: 1 student, 1 staff

In centers, there are 1 student and 4 staff COVID-19 cases, as of Tuesday morning.

  • Fearnside Center: 1 staff

  • Sidney Lanier Center: 1 student, 3 staff

In departments, there are 11 staff COVID-19 cases, as of Tuesday morning.

  • District Office: 1 staff

  • Manning Annex: 4 staff

  • Silvia Center: 1 staff

  • Transportation: 5 staff

Contact Daniella Sevares at dsevares@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter @DaniellaSevares.

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Daniella Sevares

Daniella Sevares is a third-year student and an education reporter for the Metro team. She’s from Miami, and she loves going to the beach when she’s not writing.


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