Pauldings County schools have reopened following a three-week shutdown due to an outbreak of coronavirus.
The county’s Board of Education voted Thursday to begin accepting students at the newly reopened schools after school closed for a day.
Paulders Mayor Michael Dominguez said the county had received hundreds of calls from parents asking about how to get into school, but he said the decision to reopen schools was based on an analysis of a school system that was already “very healthy” and was “very resilient” to the virus.
Paldings Public Schools will reopen in the coming days, Domingez said.
“The bottom line is we have a very good system, it’s strong, it was designed to survive,” Dominguesa said.
In Pauldinger, which has about 2,000 students, more than 400 students were admitted to the school system last week, and most are expected to be able to return for the spring.
The schools have also reopened to the general public, Domesa said, and about 300 staff members have returned to their jobs.
He said that because the county is still under a state-imposed shutdown, the county’s response to the coronaviruses outbreak has been “truly unprecedented.”
Pauldingers schools will be open to students who have not been vaccinated for the coronovirus, but only those who have received a vaccination by Monday.
Pilders public schools will have classes beginning on Jan. 8, with classes starting at 6 a.m. on Jan 14 and ending at 6 p.m., Domingue said.
Schools in the county have had a total of about 500 school days in the last three weeks due to the outbreak.
In the county, students in kindergarten through fifth grades will be in class Thursday.
Dominguas office has also ordered that students in grades 5 through 8 will be sent home on Friday and students in fifth through eighth grades on Saturday.
He says that the county has sent about 20,000 school supplies and equipment to Pauldies students.
Domesas office says schools will resume classes Monday.
The outbreak has killed more than 3,300 people in more than 200 countries, according to the World Health Organization.
It has also sickened more than 4,600, including more than 5,000 children.
In a news release, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the country is “on the cusp of a global pandemic,” with about 3 million people now infected with the virus, with nearly 2.6 million Americans sick and about 13,500 deaths.
About 80 percent of the infected people have died, but the outbreak has left more than 6 million Americans without health insurance.
The disease has been linked to a coronaviral called coronavirin, a protein found in the coronas viral RNA that is also found in blood plasma and other body fluids.
Piers Morgan is the founder of the network, “The Morgan Report.”