UPDATE: Macon County schools to go virtual for 2 weeks; mask mandates
UPDATE 8/12 — According to Director of Student Services James Brown, MCSS made the decision to go virtual after COVID cases in the school kept rising in only the first week. Brown tells 41NBC that as of Tuesday August 10, Macon County Elementary School had 9 positive cases of COVID-19 with 40 students quarantining, Macon County Middle School had 6 positive cases with 21 quarantining, and Macon County High School had 3 positive cases with 26 students quarantining. According to Brown, school nurses say that these numbers have only risen since Tuesday. It was through parental concern and upon the recommendation from Superintendent Marc Maynor as well as the nurses that the Macon County School System decided to go virtual in order to give parents the opportunity to monitor their children and allow students to quarantine to stop the rising cases.
Brown said that if case numbers continue to rise, the schools will consider extending virtual schooling, and that local data will help determine their decision. Brown also makes mention that the MCSS’s actions are being made in their “best efforts” to keep their students safe.
The Macon County School System (MCSS) made an announcement Wednesday that the Macon County Schools will be going completely virtual for 2 weeks.
According to the announcement, the 2 week period will start Monday, August 16 and last until Friday, August 27, 2021 and that Chromebooks are being checked out to support virtual learning.
The announcement also says that mask mandates are being reinstituted for all students, faculty, and staff immediately.
The announcement says that for more information, parents should contact their child’s school.