NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro Schools reports that almost 1,000 students and 100 staff members are in quarantine after close contact with someone with COVID-19.

According to data updated on Monday, 95 staff members were quarantined or isolated, and 52 had tested positive for COVID-19. For students, 980 students were in quarantine or isolated, and 207 were confirmed positive for COVID-19.

John Trotwood Moore Middle (70 students), Harpeth Valley Elementary (62 students), and Gower Elementary (60 students) have more than 50 students currently in quarantine.

Harpeth Valley Elementary (13 students) and A.Z. Kelley Elementary (10 students) have double-digit positive COVID-19 cases.

Click to view the entire list of Metro Schools COVID-19 report.

"It's alarming," Gower Elementary parent Sandra Yost told News 4. "I feel like my family, and everyone that I know has taken every precaution they can to live life as normal as possible and be careful."

"Having school is great for me," Gower Elementary parent Daniel Meyerowitz said. "It allows for me to do more work and allows me to provide for my son and the rest of my family, but at what cost?"

Metro Schools partnered with the Metro Public Health Department for its school nurse program.

With the identification of positive cases of COVID-19, Metro Schools nurses conduct contact tracing to identify the potential for an outbreak or further transmission of the virus.

Staff whom quarantine or self-isolate are given remote work opportunities. Students can be counted present for attendance if they participate in remote instruction by completing their assigned work in Schoology. In addition, MNPS Virtual School will provide individualized instructional support to students who cannot attend school in person during their quarantine.

"I don't think I'm going to pull my kids out of school. Now, if it starts getting really scary like the numbers really start skyrocketing, then I think that would be a conversation my husband and I would have," Yost said. "For now, I think it's more important for them to get out of the house try to have some normalcy."

 

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