ADEL, Ga. (WTXL) — Cook County Schools will close for a post-Thanksgiving break quarantine from November 19 through December 2, reopening Thursday, December 3.
Cook County Schools has 16 positive student coronavirus cases and 12 positive staff cases, with more than 430 students already in quarantine.
Given the rising numbers and the likelihood of additional cases following the Thanksgiving holiday, district leaders decided to extend their regularly planned break by six days.
"Is that a magical number? No. But we felt like that would be better than coming back on Monday," said Tim Dixon, the superintendent of Cook County Schools. "That would give us an extra three days for students and staff members to self-monitor to check for symptoms of the COVID and then you know possibly see their doctor and not report back on Thursday. That was sort of the thinking behind the process."
The district asks everyone to self-monitor during the break and take appropriate precautions to stay safe.
All 11 and 12-month employees will report to work November 19-20, as well as November 30-December 2.
Buildings will be thoroughly sanitized during this time.
To reduce a potential increase in cases, please report any positive COVID-19 test results and possible exposures prior to returning to school.
School personnel will provide guidance for the next steps based on our established protocol.
Monday through Wednesday, November 16-18, will be regular school days. Parents who would like to self-quarantine their children will have that option with no attendance repercussions; however, students will be required to complete work as assigned. Parents need to contact the school to make them aware of this decision.