Georgia school system closes within week of opening due to COVID-19


TALBOTTON, Ga. (WRBL) – The Talbot County School District held a county-wide Threat Committee meeting on Monday to discuss the threat level of COVID-19 cases they are facing. It was decided that the school district faces a high level threat.

After its closure on Friday August 6, the school should remain closed at least until Thursday August 12.

Talbot County School District Superintendent Dr. James Catrett describes it as the most difficult part of his career.

“At this point in the game, the first week of school, we hated him stopping, but again, safety is our number one issue,” Catrett said.

In the first week since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, the school district closed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases among students. 11 out of 458 students said they tested positive between August 3, 2021 and August 8, 2021.

Catrett said the school district has started to seek contacts within the school and, depending on the number of students exposed, the return to school may be extended. He also said more than 90% of school staff are vaccinated and reinstated a mask mandate for students as a precaution.

Central High School has also canceled its first football game of the season and Catrett has said that while it makes him sad that he is not having the children in school, he has to insist on their safety.

“It’s terrible not to have them here. When you walk through our halls it’s sad there are no kids, ”said Catrett.

He hopes this outbreak will be contained quickly so that students can return to school and thanks the community for their understanding.

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