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Wednesday, December 06, 2023

More than 235 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 238 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. ACPS’s total enrollment is 26,638 students as of Tuesday, according to the dashboard. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 15 active student cases and three active staff cases, representing students and staff who have reported a positive test result to ACPS in the past 10 days.

The majority of contacts in quarantine continue to be tied to athletes who have tested positive on sports teams, Johnson said. The Buchholz High School girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams are both in quarantine as of Tuesday night. Members of both teams attended a party over the weekend, she said. 

If a student tests positive in a class, it is not protocol for the entire class to quarantine in all instances, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said. But if the 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. 

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 are three student cases and one staff case, as of Tuesday night.

  • Alachua Elementary: 1 student

  • Lake Forest Elementary: 1 student

  • Metcalfe Elementary: 1 student

  • Wiles Elementary: 1 staff 

In middle schools, there are three student cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • Ft. Clarke Middle: 1 student

  • Kanapaha Middle: 1 student

  • Lincoln Middle: 1 student

In high schools, there are nine student cases and two staff cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • Buchholz High: 6 students

  • Eastside High: 1 student

  • Gainesville High: 1 student

  • Newberry High: 1 staff

  • Santa Fe High: 1 student, 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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