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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) —The Bibb County School District asks parents and students to continue following CDC guidelines while attending school.
Southwest High School closed last week, and Southfield Elementary is now temporarily closed due to positive COVID-19 cases.
When deciding on whether or not to close a school, the district reviews a ‘personnel system’ which includes regulations on how to operate during the pandemic.
Bibb County Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Jones, says Southfield is closed because the front office staff was considered close contact and had to quarantine.
“Nobody is in the front office so nobody is there to answer the phones, nobody is there to let people into the school building,” said Dr. Jones.
That’s also why the school district is in need of substitute teachers.
“We want to have substitutes ready in case they are needed to report to our schools everyday, as well as long term,” said Coordinator of Talent for BCSD Melanique Floyd.
Floyd says it’s important that students stay home if they have symptoms. Jones adds that goes for parents too.
“We had some parents who knew their child was displaying symptoms and sent those children to school,” said the superintendent.
Jones says, after Thanksgiving break, students will be screened before entering their school. He says if a student with symptoms is reported, they will be isolated and asked to leave.