A Georgia high school that was featured in a viral photo showing students packed tightly in a hallway has closed temporarily after nine students and staff members tested positive for the WGCL-TV reports. North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, reopened for in-person learning August 3., CBS Atlanta affiliate
The school will be closed to in-person learning Monday and Tuesday, according to a letter sent to students’ parents and guardians on Sunday. Extracurricular activities have also been canceled for those days.
Students will be informed if they can return for in-person learning on Tuesday night, the letter stated. The letter also noted the building will be “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected” while the school is shuttered.
On Saturday, the school informed students’ parents and guardians that after one week of in-person instruction, six students and three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19.
The schoolafter photos of the school’s hallways showed students standing shoulder-to-shoulder, many of them without face coverings. Two students who shared photos of the school on social media were initially suspended, but their punishments were eventually reversed following more national outcry.
Some suburban Atlanta school districts began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies. The day after school resumed, one school announced afor the coronavirus, forcing the child’s teacher and classmates to be sent home to quarantine for two weeks.
Students at North Paulding High School are not being required to wear face masks or sit at socially distanced desks, one student told “CBS This Morning” lead national correspondent David Begnaud.
In Cherokee County, Georgia, at least 11 students and two staff members across elementary, middle and high schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week. After conducting contact tracing, the district saidwho had possible exposure to positive cases must for two weeks. During that time, students will receive online instruction.
Audrey McNamara and Sophie Lewis contributed to this report.