“We are still looking at health data from local and state officials regarding the COVID-19 cases in our county,” Beasley said. “As we continue to monitor the data and experience a decrease in positive cases, we are becoming increasingly optimistic that we will be able to return face to face sooner rather than later. However, we will not jeopardize the safety of our students and employees by acting prematurely.”
Clayton is just one of a few districts in metro Atlanta that have not offered in-person instruction in school buildings. On Feb. 13, the school system said Clayton had 724 positive cases per 100,000 county residents. Beasley has said he wants that number to drop to 100 cases or fewer per 100,000 residents to allow face-to-face classes.