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Thursday, May 06, 2021

More than 35 Alachua County Public School students and staff in quarantine

The number in quarantine continues to decrease

Alachua County Public Schools has 39 students and faculty in quarantine as of Tuesday night, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Under the district’s protocol, those in quarantine reflect positive COVID-19 cases and people who had significant contact with someone who tested positive. In the case of sports teams, if an athlete or coach tests positive, the entire team must quarantine. 

There are no positive cases among athletes, as of Tuesday night.

If a student tests positive in a class, it is not protocol for the entire class to quarantine in all instances, she said. However, if their teacher or school learns the student had significant contact with others, the school will always act on the side of caution and ask the student to quarantine. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are five active student cases and two active staff cases, representing students and staff who reported a positive test result to ACPS in the past 10 days. The district’s total enrollment is 26,660 students.

The district has determined there have not been any instances of an outbreak on school grounds. An outbreak is defined as an index, or initial positive COVID-19 case, plus three more positive cases related to that case within a seven day period. 

ACPS continues to follow the advice of the Scientific Medical Advisory Council, which includes UF experts who monitor the county’s COVID-19 cases on a daily basis and determine classroom spread, Johnson said.

In elementary schools, there is one student case and two staff cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • High Springs Community: 1 staff

  • Irby Elementary: 1 staff

  • Shell Elementary: 1 student

In high schools, there are four student cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • Buchholz High: 3 students

  • Eastside High: 1 student

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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