A Cobb schools spokesman said no schools in the district face possible closure due to its number of confirmed cases. Numbers for high schools will be released Nov. 13, a week after the third reopening phase begins for those students.
As of Tuesday, the school district has 349 COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed since July 1 by the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department. The district has declined to provide a breakdown on how many of those cases are active.
Cobb schools' spokesman also said that in order to protect the privacy of anyone who is sick or quarantined, it will follow state Department of Public Health recommendation to not list the number of cases by school if there are fewer than 10. The district also will not indicate whether those with the virus are students or staff members.
Cobb County School Board member Dr. Jaha Howard said he and other parents want the district to provide more information “so we feel like we can make a wise decision for our own children.” He also said parents understand the need to balance transparency with privacy laws, but believe the district can improve on how often it shares information with the public.
“It’s hard to know if you’re making the right decision, so my heart goes out to every educator and parent," he said. “I hope that we give each other a little grace as we try to navigate these waters.”