Limestone County Schools starts Christmas break early with over 1,000 students quarantined

Updated: Dec. 15, 2020 at 10:54 PM CST
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - More than 1,000 students in Limestone County Schools are currently in quarantine. And more than 100 students and staff are currently positive with COVID-19.

Those numbers pushed district leaders to cancel the last two days of in person classes before winter break for the district.

However, students already enrolled in virtual school will finish their exams online.

School will resume in-person following Christmas break on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

There are 70 active cases within the student body. Additionally, 70 teachers are in quarantine with 39 active cases among the staff.

Fearful: that’s how Limestone County Schools parent David Winters says he’s been feeling sending his children to school.

“My oldest daughter, she’s been quarantined five times and my youngest, she’s been quarantined twice,” Winters said.

Winters says his youngest, who attends Creekside Elementary is also high risk. But he says she really needs the in person instruction to succeed.

“For educators and the ones that run the district. I mean, they’re in a no win situation. You’ve got to have school, kids have got to learn. This is uncharted water for everybody,” he explained.

Superintendent Dr. Randy Shearouse says he thinks there’s enough time between Christmas and the return to class to allow students and staff to get better.

“Of course all the folks that are quarantining now would be allowed to come back to school. Teachers, faculty members who have tested positive would be allowed to return so we feel like we will be in good shape coming back on January 6,” Shearouse said.

But what about the possibility of new cases from holiday get-togethers?

Dr. Shearouse says they will make decisions about each school on a case by case basis when classes pick back up on January 6.

“We will be aware of our faculty staff as we return because faculty and staff actually come back on that Monday and students don’t return until that Wednesday so we will have some time to measure that and make some decisions if decisions need to be made.”

Both school leaders and parent Winters say they hope people will do the right thing and socially distance over the break.

“It’s self responsibility and for children I mean that’s a parent responsibility,” Winters said.

School officials ask that students and parents contact their own school concerning exam schedules.

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