#UPDATE (8:35 a.m., August 10, 2020) – (AP) – A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes shifting online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus as the school year opened with in-person classes last week.
News outlets report all students at North Paulding High School west of Atlanta will take online classes Monday and Tuesday.
Paulding County Schools Superintendent Brian Ott sent a letter to parents Sunday saying those two days will be used to clean and disinfect the school.
The school made headlines last week with photos posted to social media that showed hallways crowded with students who weren’t wearing masks.
Ott disclosed Saturday that six students and three staff had tested positive for the virus.
DALLAS, Ga. — A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded hallway at her school.
Hannah Watters, a sophomore at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, posted a photo on Twitter showing students walking down a crowded hallway.
Some students were wearing masks, but not all.
The 15-year-old said she posted the photo because she was concerned.
“I took the photo initially after seeing the first day of school photo taken by someone else go online as well and got picked up by some media coverage,” Hannah said. “And I took it out of mostly concern and nervousness after seeing the first days of school.”
She said she was suspended after being accused of breaking several codes of conduct.
Paulding County School’s Superintendent Brian Otott said in a letter to the community that the photo was taken out of context.
“There is no question that the photo does not look good,” he wrote. “Students are in this hallway environment for just a brief period as they move to their next class.”
He also said: “Class changes at the high school level are a challenge when maintaining a specific schedule. It is an area we are continuing to work on in this new environment to find practicable ways to further limit students from congregating.”
Otott said masks are not required at the school, though they are strongly encouraged.
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