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Georgia School, seen in viral photography, closes temporarily after 9 students and staff members test positive for coronavirus



A high school from Georgia, which was featured in a viral photo showing students tightly packed in a hallway, has been temporarily closed after nine students and staff members tested positive for coronavirus, CBS Atlanta reports WGCL-TV. North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia reopened for personal tuition by Aug. 3.

The school will be closed for personal teaching on Monday and Tuesday, according to a letter sent to the students’ parents and guardians on Sunday. Extracurricular activities were also canceled for those days.

Students will be informed if they can return to study in person on Tuesday evening, the letter said. The letter also stated that the building would be “completely cleaned and disinfected”

; while the school was closed.

On Saturday, the school notified the students’ parents and guardians that after a week of in-person instruction, six students and three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19.

School faced national criticism last week as photos of the school corridors were shown to students standing side by side, many of them without face veils. Two students who shared photos of the school on social media were initially suspended, but their sentences were eventually reversed following a larger national protest.

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In this photo posted on Twitter, students crowd a hallway at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, on August 4, 2020.

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Several suburbs of the Atlanta school began intra-person classes Monday with optional mask policies. A day after school resumed, one school announced one the second class tested positive for coronavirus, forcing the child’s teacher and classmates to be sent home in quarantine for two weeks.

Students at North Paulding High School are not required to wear face masks or sit at remote social desks, a student told CBS This Morning chief national correspondent David Begnaud.

In Cherokee County, Georgia, at least 11 students and two staff members in elementary, middle, and high schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week. After conducting contact tracking, the district said at least 250 students and staff who had potential exposure in positive cases should quarantine for two weeks. During that time, students will receive instruction online.

Audrey McNamara and Sophie Lewis contributed to this report.


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