School’s start with some students and staff under quarantine

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ASHEBORO — Schools across Randolph County are back in session this week. Randolph County Schools started Monday and Asheboro City Schools started Tuesday.

As of 5 pm Tuesday, Randolph County Schools had 277 students and staff members under COVID-19 quarantine protocols, according to information provided to the North State Journal by the school system.

“Our school system uses a Saturday-Friday week for contact tracing with regard to COVID-19 issues.  As a result, from Saturday (8/21/21) to this point in the day on Tuesday (8/24/21), a total of 44 positive COVID-19 cases have been associated with the Randolph County School System,” said Stephen Gainey, superintendent of Randolph County Schools. “Out of these 44 cases, 12 of them have impacted a school.”

Under Randolph County Schools procedure, every person directly exposed to a positive COVID-19 case is contacted by the school’s principal and informed of their quarantine time and return date. The school’s staff members also receive an e-mail to make them aware of positive COVID-19 cases. A telephone message is sent to the school’s community to make parents aware of the positive COVID-19 case.

“Overall, from Saturday (8/21/21) to this point in the day on Tuesday (8/24/21), 277 students and/or staff members have been removed from school for a period of quarantine,” said Gainey in a statement.

Asheboro City Schools did not have anyone under quarantine to start the school year. “With today being the first day of school, there are no students that are in quarantine because of an exposure,” said Leigh Anna Marbert, Public Information Officer for Asheboro City Schools. “We will continue to update our data dashboard every Friday. The dashboard can be found on the ACS website. “

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