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Wednesday, December 06, 2023

More than 700 Alachua County Public School students and staff in quarantine

This number remains tied to students who have tested positive on sports teams

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. 

  • Alachua Elementary: 1 student

  • Chiles Elementary: 1 student 

  • Hidden Oak Elementary: 2 students

  • High Springs Community: 2 students

  • Irby Elementary: 1 staff

  • Lake Forest Elementary: 1 student, 1 staff

  • Littlewood Elementary: 1 student

  • Newberry Elementary: 2 students, 1 staff 

  • Norton Elementary: 1 staff 

  • Parker Elementary: 3 students

  • Rawlings Elementary: 1 staff

  • Talbot Elementary: 3 students, 1 staff

  • Terwilliger Elementary: 2 students

  • Wiles Elementary: 1 student 

  • Williams Elementary: 2 students, 1 staff 

In middle schools, there are 23 student cases and four staff cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • Ft. Clarke Middle: 2 students 

  • Kanapaha Middle: 2 students, 1 staff

  • Lincoln Middle: 9 students, 2 staff

  • Mebane Middle: 3 students

  • Oak View Middle: 2 students, 1 staff

  • Westwood Middle: 5 students 

In high schools, there are 15 student cases and three staff cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • Buchholz High: 5 students, 2 staff

  • Eastside High: 2 students

  • Gainesville High: 3 students, 1 staff

  • Loften High: 1 student

  • Newberry High: 1 student

  • Santa Fe High: 3 students

In centers, there is one student case, as of Tuesday night.

  • Sidney Lanier Center: 1 student 

In departments, there is one staff case, as of Tuesday night.

  • Sivia Center: 1 staff

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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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