Alachua County Public Schools has 390 students and faculty in quarantine as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Under protocol, those in quarantine reflect positive COVID-19 cases, people who had significant contact with someone who is positive, and in the case of sports teams – if an athlete or coach tests positive – the entire team must quarantine. ACPS’s total enrollment is 26,668 students as of Monday, according to the dashboard.
There are 33 active student cases and 10 active staff cases as of Tuesday afternoon. These cases represent students and staff who have reported a positive test result to ACPS within the past 10 days.
If one student tests positive in the class, it is not protocol for the entire class to quarantine in all instances. However, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said if the teacher or school learns the student had significant contact with others, the school will always act on the side of caution and quarantine the student.
The majority of contacts in quarantine continue to be tied to athletes who have tested positive on sports teams, Johnson said.
ACPS continues to follow the advice of the Scientific Medical Advisory Council, which includes UF experts who monitor the county’s cases on a daily basis and determine classroom spread, Johnson said.
In elementary schools, there are 7 student cases and 2 staff cases, as of Tuesday afternoon.
In middle schools, there are 10 student cases and 2 staff cases, as of Tuesday afternoon.
In high schools, there are 16 student cases and 2 staff cases, as of Tuesday afternoon.
In centers, there is 1 staff case, as of Tuesday afternoon.
In departments, there are 3 staff cases, as of Tuesday afternoon.
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