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Friday, December 08, 2023

More than 90 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 93 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. 

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 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. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are seven active student cases and five active staff cases, representing students and staff who have reported a positive test result to ACPS in the past 10 days. The district’s total enrollment is 26,667 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. 

The majority of contacts in quarantine continue to be tied to athletes who have tested positive on sports teams, ACPS spokesperson Jackie Johnson said.

A Digital Academy student on one of the lacrosse teams threw a party last week that members of both the boys and girls lacrosse teams attended. 

Johnson said the girls lacrosse team is supposed to come back from quarantine on Wednesday, and the boys team should be back by Monday.

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 five staff cases, as of Tuesday night.

  • Archer Elementary: 1 student

  • High Springs Community: 3 staff

  • Irby Elementary: 1 staff

  • Lake Forest Elementary: 1 staff 

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

  • Oak View Middle: 1 student

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

  • Buchholz High: 3 students

  • Eastside High: 1 student

  • Gainesville High: 1 student

Contact Daniella Sevares at 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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