The Cherokee County School District reopened for both in-person and remote learning Aug. 3. A picture of students at Etowah High School standing close together without face coverings went viral last week.
Since the first day of school, almost 300 students and staff members at the high school have been quarantined.
On Tuesday, Cherokee Superintendent Brian Hightower announced the district will close Etowah after positive cases at the school reached 14, with 15 cases pending.
While the building is closed, the district will disinfect the school. Students and teachers will engage in remote learning. However, Hightower says he hopes to reopen the school for in-person learning by Aug. 31.
“We are delivering on our promise to offer parents a choice that includes in-person schools,” Hightower said in a letter to families. “I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: this would not have happened without an incredible amount of work and faith by our dedicated teachers and staff. Our school nurses are unsung heroes in their work to contact trace and identify quarantine needs, while still providing daily healthcare services to our students.”
The district says more than 900 staff members and students are now quarantined.