Students to return to school following break because of surge in COVID-19 cases

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. — Students in two northwestern Georgia counties will return to school Wednesday morning after a long five-day break.

Floyd and Chattooga schools closed Friday, not because of weather, but because of the current spike in COVID-19 cases following the omicron variant outbreak.

An alert that went out to parents said, “Due to a recent increase of staff absences due to COVID-19 and other reasons, we are being greatly impacted by the number of employees who are able to work.”

Parents stayed home with students again Tuesday as there weren’t enough teachers to even offer virtual learning in Floyd County.

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“It does bring a little bit of concern with them saying there’s a teacher shortage because of COVID,” said Latashia Baker, a mother to five students in the district. “It can be challenging at times, especially with work.”

COVID-19 infection rates in Floyd County peaked last week near 3,000 cases per 100,000 residents according to the State Department of Health numbers.

While it’s now dipped slightly, the number of cases is still much higher than in the neighboring counties of Gordon, Bartow and Polk.

“We’re so sorry for any inconveniences this may cause for your family, but we feel it is in the best interest of our students to take these measures now,” Floyd County Schools said in a letter to parents.

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