Fayette schools report 4 new student Covid-19 infections, 1 staff

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The Covid-19 update by Fayette County Public Schools for Sept. 5-11 showed a small number of new student and staff cases, along with a continued decrease in the number of those in isolation or quarantine.

The report also showed a decrease in the number of brick-and-mortar students attending classes in person.

The report noted four new student cases and one new staff case.

As of Sept. 11, there were 18 students remaining in isolation or quarantine. That number compares to 35 in isolation or quarantine on Sept. 4 and 102 the prior week.

Also on Sept. 11, there were three staff in isolation or quarantine, down from four staff on Sept. 4, and down from 25 on Aug. 28.

The Sept. 11 report noted 13,596 students attending in-school classes. That compares to 13,614 on Sept. 4 and 13,703 students on Aug. 28. That’s a drop of 107 in-person students.

Fayette County’s public schools employ 2,989 staff.

Asked why the school system is only providing the number of total positive cases and quarantines within the school system and not by school, officials said the number of positive Covid-19 cases are so low that infected individuals could be easily identified, putting the school system in violation of HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws. Parents will be notified if there is a case at their child’s school.