Columbia County School leaders meet to discuss COVID-19 updates and other business

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EVANS, Ga. (WJBF) – A lively school board meeting Tuesday at the Columbia County Board of Education in Evans. Some parents are urging for masks to be required at schools while others say no way. 

Several people took advantage of the public participation portion of Tuesday’s meeting.

Right now, masks are strongly encouraged at Columbia County schools. 

Dr. Steven Flynt, Superintendent said, “We are seeing the rise in the community and so we’re going to continue all of our other mitigation strategies.”

Superintendent Dr. Steven Flynt says he and his team will examine COVID-19 trends each week throughout this school year and go over the data on Fridays.

“Any adjustments will be made either that Friday, over the weekend to our return to learning,” said Flynt.

The adjustments depend on how things go on the COVID front. Some Columbia County employees have tested positive for coronavirus according to Flynt. He says more students have than staff.

Flynt said, “We’ve had 15 schools that have reported one or more positive cases in a school. No more than five at any one school and we only had two with five, none of those students are in school now.”

School began August 5th and soon many patrons will be in the gyms and on the fields.

“Sports, I’m looking forward to all of them. Scrimmages starting soon and then Friday night lights for the rest of the semester so looking forward to what the teams can do. Looking forward to the fans coming out as well. We’ll have the same protocols in place that we have in our schools,” said Flynt.

Overall, Flynt assures the start of school is going well and is encouraging everyone to be responsible.

He said, “If you don’t feel good or have any symptoms, go ahead and get tested. If you have a positive test, let’s stay out of school. Let’s let the school know to make sure we get those counts correct and do any quarantining that may be necessary.”

Leaders here at Columbia County schools will be releasing their COVID-19 data every Friday. The same as they did last school year. Dr. Flynt added substitute teachers are still needed.

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