DCSS sees first COVID-19 positive test since classroom entry re-phasing plan

DCSS sees first COVID-19 positive test since classroom entry re-phasing plan

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Following the school system’s first day back to school in its classroom re-phasing plan, the Dougherty County School System (DCSS) has seen its first positive COVID-19 test.

During a Zoom call with the media, Superintendent Kenneth Dyer said a teacher from Alice Coachman Elementary School tested positive for the virus on Monday.

“The teacher began to feel a bit under the weather during the day (and) had a fever. The principal allowed the teacher to leave around midday yesterday. The teacher took a test, a rapid test, and the result came back positive," said Dyer.

Monday marked DCSS' first day back in the classroom for some students after starting the school year with virtual learning.

“We certainly didn’t want to have our first case on the first day. But the principal and our staff, handled that case according to our protocols, and we couldn’t have asked for a better result," said Dyer.

Dyer said the school system contacted parents and told students in the classroom to quarantine on Tuesday.

Superintendent Kenneth Dyer says the case was confirmed at Alice Coachman Elementary School.
Superintendent Kenneth Dyer says the case was confirmed at Alice Coachman Elementary School. (Source: WALB)

Because the Department of Public Health was closed at the time, Dyer said the classroom’s seating chart was shown to the health agency when it opened back up.

“We contacted the DPH and showed them our seating chart. And verified that the students did adhere to the seating chart. None of our students, nor the paraprofessional who assists in the classroom, have to quarantine beyond today because of the safety protocols we have in place, and because of the spacing in our classrooms,” said Dyer.

On Tuesday, Dyer pointed out, the classroom was deep cleaned.

The school called parents of students in the classroom with the positive teacher and told them to quarantine Tuesday.
The school called parents of students in the classroom with the positive teacher and told them to quarantine Tuesday. (Source: WALB)

Moving forward, the school system will post a COVID-19 report each week to its website.

“I think it’s every Friday, we are going to release the cases, by school, of any positive cases that we have, as well as anybody that has to be quarantined as a result of that positive case," said Dyer.

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