Craig Patterson of West Cobb, whose son is a senior at Allatoona High, said he had some trouble trying to get information about the exam waiver Monday. He called Cobb schools’ outreach performance for coronavirus “average.”
“It’s the templated ‘we’re concerned, we’re looking into it,’ and then copy paste from CDC,” he said.
Gretchen Walton of Cobb County School District said the system was following the same protocol it would for Ebola, swine flu or any infectious disease.
“This is not the first rodeo, I don’t think, for any of our institutions,” she said.
Walton added that any public announcement about an infected individual in the school system would be determined by the county health department according to privacy laws.
For its part, Marietta has hired additional staff to conduct more thorough cleaning of schools and buses every day. The district has also asked students to inform the system of international travel, and is considering suspending its “perfect attendance” program.
State Rep. David Wilkerson, D-Powder Springs, pressed the administrators to go further than the current CDC recommendations by suspending all foreign travel, as the list of countries affected could change quickly.
“The worst feeling as a parent would be for your child to be in another country, and not be able to get home,” Wilkerson said.