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Thursday, April 18, 2024

About 70 Alachua County Public School students and staff are in quarantine

ACPS quarantine numbers have increased by about 20 in the past week

Alachua County Public Schools had 72 students and faculty members in quarantine as of Tuesday evening — an increase of about 20 cases since May 25, according to the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Under the district’s protocol, positive COVID-19 cases and people who had close contact with someone who tested positive go into quarantine.

As of Tuesday evening, there were five active student cases and three active staff cases. Active cases reflect ACPS students and staff who tested positive in the past 10 days. 

Since the beginning of the school year, 733 Alachua County students and 317 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination sites opened April 22, and staff members, students and Digital Academy students 16 years old and up had the opportunity to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccination sites began administering first doses to students as young as 12 years old on May 13.

Vaccine clinics, which have been made possible by a partnership between ACPS and the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County, will be available at various middle and high schools across the county until June 15.

Students ages 12 to 17 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian for each dose of the vaccine, but students 18 and older may sign their own forms, according to the ACPS website

Cases in Alachua County Public Schools

In elementary schools, there is one student case and one staff case, as of Tuesday evening.

Newberry Elementary: 1 student

Terwilliger Elementary: 1 staff

In middle schools, there are two student cases and zero staff cases, as of Tuesday evening.

Oak View Middle School: 1 student

Lincoln Middle School: 1 student

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In high schools, there are two student cases and one staff case, as of Tuesday evening.

Eastside High: 2 students

Hawthorne Middle/High: 1 staff

Contact Joelle Wittig at Follow him on Twitter @JoelleWittig.

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