The Georgia Department of Health reported Monday that DeKalb has had 602 cases per 100,000 people and a 13.2% positivity rate over the last 14 days.
Those metrics exceed the district’s reopening threshold. The school district initially required no more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents. Its latest guidance is to wait until the positivity rate reaches 10% over two weeks.
The district is working to finalize and approve requests from employees who want to continue working from home for health or other reasons, Watson-Harris said.
DeKalb school board member Diijon DaCosta told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t think in-person learning should occur amid high levels of community spread. He said residents in his district are worried about the safety of some buildings.
“Many are inquiring about our protocol and how are we addressing the constant intellectual, creative, and social-emotional challenges,” he said.
DeKalb parent Lisa Baker told the AJC that schools should remain closed until vaccines are widely available. Baker also said district employees should not be pressured to return to school if face-to-face learning is offered.
“If they press forward with this unrealistic plan, the chaos will only get worse as teachers and students get sick and have to quarantine,” Baker said.