SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Within the first three days of school, over 200 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 1,000 were identified as close contacts.
Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett said it’s not necessarily surprising news.
“We knew upon introducing 36,000 individuals into about 55 buildings that there would be a possibility — especially after summer vacations and lots of public activity — that we may see a greater number of persons who were infected,” she said.
“I almost chuckled when someone in the community said to me, ‘How is it that you had infections on the first day of school?’” Levett said, adding, “Lots of people have not been as attentive to the strategies that we know help keep us safe.”
In total, 230 students have tested positive. That’s about 3% of all SCCPSS students.
There are 1,127 students in quarantine after being in close contact with someone who’s positive.
Meanwhile, of the roughly 5,000 staff members, 36 have tested positive and 72 are in quarantine.
Still, SCCPSS is not making any major changes to its COVID-19 protocol beyond strengthening contact tracing efforts.
“Unless something massive happens,” Levett said she plans to keep doors open five days a week. Masks are being required and parents and guardians are being asked to screen their children for symptoms.
SCCPSS officials repeatedly called out two strategies to help in slowing the spread: get vaccinated if eligible and stay home if sick.
“It’s going to take all of us to get through this time,” Levett said, adding, “We expect we’ll have a lot of cooperation in that effort.”