The state is seeing an increase in the spread of COVID-19, Toomey said, and not just in major cities.
Gwinnett, Fulton and DeKalb collectively have the highest number of cases over past three weeks — 26% of all new cases in the state. But Gwinnett, the largest school district in the state, is the only one of the three that hasn’t mandated distance learning.
“There will be some cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and the community as a whole,” said Toomey. “We’re doing everything we can to get the resources need to protect everyone.”
Schools will receive allotments of personal protection equipment such as masks and gloves and hand sanitizer, Toomey said. Local public health departments and the state health department has vowed to follow up on infections with a team of about 1,300 contact tracers.
“I’ve opened school 22 times in my career,” said Woods. “I can guarantee you kids will be safe. Teachers will be safe.”
But some parents and teachers weren’t so sure, as evidenced by comments posted on Kemp’s Facebook live post of news conference.
“The reason we can’t open schools is because of YOUR POLICY. YOU did not follow CDC guidelines. We opened too fast and you won’t make people wear masks,” posted Caron McWilliams Gordon.