by Robin Kemp

UPDATE 8/18, 9:01 a.m.: CCPS spokesman says he erred in naming Kemp Primary instead of Kendrick Middle in original story

Clayton County Public Schools says that 59 district schools have had COVID-19 cases as of today, August 17, 2021. However, a spokesperson told The Clayton Crescent that fewer than 1% of students have tested positive and that the system has no plans as of this time to return to full virtual learning:

How many schools are on virtual learning as of today?
[Kendrick Middle] and Church Street Elementary are the only CCPS Schools participating in virtual learning. Both are anticipated to reopen during the week of August 30th.

Will the system go full virtual?
Clayton County Public Schools is committed to providing students with the best possible learning experience. At this time the district will not pivot to full virtual learning; however, district leaders will continue to monitor local COVID-19 data and make adjustments as needed. Any decision will be made via the collaborative efforts of the Clayton County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools based on the recommendations of local health agencies. 

How many schools have had positive COVID-19 cases?
As of August 17, 2021, 59 Clayton County Public Schools have experienced at least one positive COVID-19 case. 

How many positive COVID-19 cases have been identified system-wide?As of August 17, 2021, Clayton County Public Schools has identified 373 total positive cases. 319 (less than 1% of student enrollment) are student cases and 55 (less than 1% of employees) are staff cases.

The Clayton Crescent is dedicated to covering the impact of COVID-19 on our local community. See our previous coverage of COVID-19 in Clayton County schools:

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