Courtesy of WSB-TV:
A day after a Paulding County High School announced nine cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, school officials announced they will close for two days to disinfect.
North Paulding High School will have digital learning days on Monday and Tuesday, the Paulding County superintendent said in a letter to parents Sunday. Teachers will dole out assignments online Monday morning.
Officials said they consulted with the Georgia Department of Public health after three staff members and six students tested positive for the coronavirus just one week into the school year. All nine of those people were at school for at least a few days last week
Officials said the school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
“The district will consult with the Department of Public Health to assess the environment and determine if there are any additional close contacts for confirmed cases who have not already been notified,” officials wrote.
Of course, as we learned yesterday (Link) there are actually 23 students who tested positive at this high school so of course, they have to shut down, which was what everybody predicted as soon as they saw those pictures of the crowded hallways.
Speaking of those crowded hallways the teenage girl who took that photo is now receiving death threats.
Courtesy of WHNT:
A teen who shared a photo of a crowded hallway at her Georgia high school last week says she has been receiving threats after the image went viral.
North Paulding High School sophomore Hannah Watters told CNN she and her family and friends have been receiving screenshots of group chats with threatening language against her.
One message said “I know where this girl lives,” she said. Other threats included, “We’re going to jump every girl named Hannah in the tenth grade,” and, “Hannah is going to have a rough day at school on Monday,” Hannah told Boris Sanchez Sunday night on CNN’s “Newsroom.”
The teen said she understands why people are upset but said she shared the photo because she felt like it was the right thing to do.
“I feel like a lot of teachers have my back because they know how dangerous it is going to school. But I know that a lot of the kids that I go to school with, I’ve already gotten backlash for it, threats and things like that,” Hannah said. “I know I’m doing the right thing and it’s not going to stop me from continuing doing it. But it is concerning, especially since it’s a lot of the people I go to school with, people I’ve known for years now, that are threatening me.”
This is a brave young woman and I hope that in the end she is sufficiently rewarded for trying to protect her peers from harm.