46 new student Covid cases, 8 new staff cases reported in Fayette schools last week

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Fayette County’s public schools for the week ending Dec. 11 reported 46 new cases of Covid-19 among students, 360 students remaining in isolation or quarantine and eight new cases among staff out of a bricks and mortar enrollment of 14,565 students.

As of Dec. 11, there were 46 new student cases and 360 students remaining in isolation or quarantine. That compares to 35 new cases and 390 remaining in quarantine or isolation on Nov. 20 and 423 remaining in quarantine or isolation on Nov. 20.

Also as of Dec. 11, there were eight new staff cases and 19 staff remaining in isolation or quarantine. That compares to six new staff cases and 14 staff in quarantine or isolation on Dec 4.

The Dec. 11 report noted 14,565 students attending in-school classes. That compares to 13,703 students on Aug. 28.

Fayette County public schools employs 2,973 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.