No cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jasper City Schools last week, which was the first full week of school for in-person instruction since the pandemic began last year.
Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson said as of last Friday, April 2, no one in the school system had tested positive for COVID-19 and only seven people were quarantined.
Prior to spring break, students had been attending school four days a week for in-person instruction, with Wednesday reserved as a deep cleaning day; however, students began attending school five days a week again on March 29.
Some students are being allowed to continue virtual learning under special circumstances.
Jackson said wearing a mask is still required in schools and temperature checks occur daily. Schools continue to be deep cleaned as well.
"Our kids have been truly remarkable. They understand the big picture — that it is possibly keeping them safer as well as others," Jackson said. "They get the importance of wearing the masks. Our teachers and employees have gone above and beyond to do all they can to prevent the spread of Covid."
"We continue to ask everyone to be mindful of the guidelines when they are not in school," she continued. "We know what we are doing is working. We have seven more weeks of school, so continuing to do what is working will be important moving forward."
Jackson confirmed that the majority of teachers in the school system have been vaccinated. In addition, all people 16 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated in Alabama.
According to Alabama's COVID-19 Schools K-12 Dashboard, 236 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Alabama schools statewide as of last Friday.
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