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Schools continue to whittle down COVID cases

WCS reports 357 cases Tuesday, FSSD reports 49 over last week

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A student arrives at Moore Elementary on the first day of school.

While COVID-19 is certainly still present in schools, those in Williamson County are continuing to see a slow decline from week to week.

In Williamson County Schools, as of Tuesday, Sept. 14, there were 270 students and 87 staff members with a confirmed positive case. This 357 total dropped slightly from Friday’s 381 and even more from last Tuesday’s 430.

In the Franklin Special School District, the aggregate number of confirmed cases from Sept. 6-10 was 49 — 40 students and nine staff members — with an additional 159 students and six staff members “excluded” from school.

This is a drop from the previous week’s total of 107 confirmed positive cases.

Both school districts currently have a mask requirement in place at all schools to expire on Tuesday, Sept. 21, unless the school boards extend the requirement at their upcoming meetings on Monday, Sept. 20.

“We believe the increased number of people who are wearing masks, along with all of our other mitigation protocols, are working well,” said an FSSD representative. “Additionally, last week was the first week we implemented the Tennessee Health Department’s contact tracing exclusion criteria that enables masked close contacts to remain in school as long as the person they were exposed to was also wearing a mask.”

Williamson County as a whole had 2,157 confirmed active COVID-19 cases as of Sunday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

WCS reports updated COVID-19 numbers every Tuesday and Friday and FSSD every Friday. To learn more, visit www.WCS.edu/domain/1298 and www.FSSD.org/about-us/fssd-together-2021.

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