Fayette County’s public schools for the week ending Nov. 20 showed an increase to 35 new cases of Covid-19 among students, 423 students remaining in isolation or quarantine and 14 new cases among staff out of a bricks and mortar enrollment of 14,535 students.
As of Nov. 20, there were 35 new student cases and 423 students remaining in isolation or quarantine. That compares to 132 remaining in quarantine or isolation on Nov. 13; 121 on Nov. 3; 87 on Oct. 30; 181 on Oct. 23; 225 on Oct. 16; 11 on Oct. 9; nine on Oct. 2; 18 on Sept. 25; 35 on Sept. 4; and 102 on Aug. 28.
Also on Nov. 20, there were 14 new staff cases and 24 staff remaining in isolation or quarantine.
To recap: 35 new student cases last week. With 423 students either infected or exposed to Covid, and the 35 new cases, that means at least 458 students with active cases or in quarantine.
For staff like teachers and parapros, 14 are newly infected, added to 24 staffers already isolated — a total of 38 staff members sidelined.
The Nov. 20 report noted 14,535 students attending in-school classes. That compares to 13,703 students on Aug. 28.
Fayette County public schools employs 2,993 staff.
As previously noted, 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.