Alachua County Public Schools has 713 students and faculty in quarantine as of Tuesday night, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Under protocol, those in quarantine reflect positive 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 go into quarantine. ACPS’s total enrollment is 26,654 students as of Monday, according to the dashboard.
There are 60 active COVID-19 student cases and 15 active staff cases as of Tuesday night. 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 go into quarantine in all instances. However, Johnson said that if the teacher or school finds that the student has had significant contact with others, the school will always act on the side of caution and put the student in quarantine.
The majority of contacts in quarantine continue to be tied to athletes who have tested positive on sports teams, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said. There has been no classroom spread as of Friday.
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 21 student cases and seven staff cases, as of Tuesday night.
In middle schools, there are 23 student cases and four staff cases, as of Tuesday night.
In high schools, there are 15 student cases and three staff cases, as of Tuesday night.
In centers, there is one student case, as of Tuesday night.
In departments, there is one staff case, as of Tuesday night.
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