12 positive COVID-19 cases at Locust Fork schools, 95 students quarantining due to exposure

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

LOCUST FORK, Ala. (WIAT) — Locust Fork High School and Elementary School will be closed from Wednesday until next Monday due to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Classes will still be held but via remote learning options only. In-person learning will resume next Tuesday for all blended learners.

The schedule change came after 12 positive cases were reported. 95 students in the school system are now in quarantine. 

“They have been sent home due to exposure to either a family member or someone here at school that is currently awaiting positive test results, or did test positive, and we send those kids home immediately and they have a mandatory 14 day quarantine,” said Thomas Smitherman, principal at Locust Fork High School.

All faculty and staff will still report to the schools during this time in order to help parents and students navigate the “Schoology Platform.”

District leaders have monitored data, including community spread, and made the decision this week.

“For about two weeks, Locust Fork has been experiencing some COVID cases in the school and in the community and what is in the community comes in the school. And what is in the school goes in the community and the churches,” said Rodney Green, Superintendent for Blount County Schools.

Most students are expected to be able to return to traditional learning next week. While he understands the frustrations of some working parents, he asked for flexibility in the unpredictable enviornment.

“There is no rules for a pandemic. There is no secret number for when you can close or when you should close or anything like that, but you get to a point where you realize the most productive thing you can do is for kid’s to be learning from home, and that is the threshold we have reached this week,” said Green.

This story has been updated to reflect the number of students and faculty who had tested positive for COVID-19.


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