East Paulding parents furious school wasn’t closed after coronavirus cases confirmed

East Paulding parents furious school wasn’t closed after coronavirus cases confirmed

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Workers are cleaning North Paulding High School after a coronavirus outbreak. A total of six students and three staff members tested positive for the virus.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes learned there have been more cases diagnosed across the whole school district.

Parents of East Paulding students told Fernandes they’re furious that the school didn’t close down.

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The district sent Fernandes a statement, saying, “We have had cases reported to us at seven schools, and we have notified parents in each case. The letter to East Paulding HS parents, and to all schools where we have had cases, states that the schools will be cleaned and disinfected, especially affected areas.”

This comes as in-person classes were canceled at North Paulding through Tuesday after that school’s outbreak of the virus.

Students at North Paulding are now doing online learning instead, but Fernandes said in-person classes could be canceled for much longer because the district is waiting on test results to come back.

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North Paulding is the same school where a student took pictures last week of crowded hallways inside the school with few students wearing face masks, sparking outrage across social media.

The principal initially suspended Hannah Watters for posting the photos but then pulled back on the suspension after the community criticized him.

“I feel like a lot of teachers have my back because they know how dangerous it is going to school,” Watters said. “I’ve gotten threats and things like that, but I know that I’m doing the right thing and it’s not going to stop me from continuing doing it.”

Parents and community members have started a petition to make Paulding school officials take more precautions to keep students safe.

Several parents also said cleaning the schools has no purpose if students come back without wearing masks.

North Paulding High School shuts down after coronavirus cases reported