Butts County School System Implements Temporary Mask Mandate | New


With a total of 383 students quarantined following positive tests for COVID-19, the Butts County school system has implemented a temporary mask warrant starting August 24 for school buses and inside schools. school buildings.

“We have put in place a temporary requirement for masks on school buses and inside school buildings,” said Butts County School Superintendent Dr. Todd Simpson. “We’re just doing it temporarily to try to get through this latest wave. We are only doing this for the next few weeks and hope to be able to revert to optional status very soon. But to be on the safe side, we are trying to be as proactive and secure as possible for the next few weeks.

“Our local case numbers are very high. Based on the data the county sent out this week, we’ve had a 120% increase here locally in cases, ”Simpson added.“ We’ve seen that impact on high school and college in particular (Jackson High School and Henderson Middle School are both in Total Virtual Learning this week), and we’re just trying to make sure that we are moving cautiously and doing everything we can to keep this from affecting the school district. “

The school updates daily on its website with the number of students and staff currently in quarantine due to the coronavirus. As of August 24, a total of 383 students and six staff members were in quarantine. Here is a breakdown by school and district office:

• Daughtry Elementary – 53 students

• Jackson Elementary – 40 students, 1 staff member

• Stark Elementary – 51 students

• Henderson Middle – 135 students

• Jackson High – 104 students

• District office – 5 employees

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