Fayette schools report new Covid infections in 35 students, 6 among staff

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Fayette County’s public schools for the week ending Dec. 4 showed 35 new cases of Covid-19 among students, 390 students remaining in isolation or quarantine and six new cases among staff out of a bricks and mortar enrollment of 14,551 students.

As of Dec. 4, there were 35 new student cases and 390 students remaining in isolation or quarantine. That compares to 35 new cases and 423 remaining in quarantine or isolation on Nov. 20 and 132 remaining in quarantine or isolation on Nov. 13.

Also as of Dec. 4, there were six new staff cases and 14 staff remaining in isolation or quarantine. That compares to 14 new staff cases and 24 staff in quarantine or isolation on Nov. 20.

The Dec. 4 report noted 14,551 students attending in-school classes. That compares to 13,703 students on Aug. 28.

Fayette County public schools employs 2,970 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.