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Macon County Schools reports COVID19 positive students; FHS forced to go remote

Last updated on August 24, 2020

A week into the fall semester, Macon County Schools announced Saturday morning that a student from Mountain View Intermediate tested positive for COVID19. This was the first report of a student in Macon County testing positive. Throughout the weekend the district announced that several additional staff and  students at Macon Middle School and East Franklin Elementary reported positive COVID19 results. 

The school system has also notified the public that staff members at Franklin High School, MVI, MMS, Highlands, and South Macon Elementary have all tested positive.

Due to the high number of positive staff members at Franklin High School, the decision was made for all high school classes to be moved to remote instruction until Labor Day at which point the district reevaluate. As of right now, Franklin High School is the only school impacted. The district’s concern with FHS is that because so many staff members tested positive, there are not enough teachers available to fill the classrooms, causing the school to have to switch to remote instruction. 

Before school started this week, cafeteria staff at three Macon County Schools tested positive, which resulted in all cafeteria team members at the school sites to be sent home to quarantine out of precaution. CareNet stepped up to assist the school nutrition staff to provide bagged lunches to students.

According to the school system, all individuals who have tested positive are currently under quarantine. Contact tracing is currently underway through the Macon County Health Department. Any student or staff member identified through the contact tracing will be notified.

Macon County Schools will continue to work closely with the Macon County Health Department as we monitor this situation.


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