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WCS sees spike in quarantines, drop in confirmed COVID-19 cases this week

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The number of quarantined students and staff members in Williamson County Schools increased this week over last week by over 400, but the number of active cases and new cases dropped.

As of noon Monday, WCS reported 1,424 quarantined students and staff members. Last week, on Oct. 19, that number was 1,003.

Centennial High had the highest number of quarantined students as of Monday at 194, up from 27 Oct. 19. The school has six confirmed cases, the second-highest case count in a single district school this week behind Summit High, which has seven.

Independence High and Franklin High had the next highest quarantine numbers (176 and 145, respectively), with both schools reporting five confirmed positive cases.

While quarantine numbers overall have risen, according to the Tennessee Department of Health COVID-19 district dashboard, WCS only had six new confirmed positive cases this week, down from 24 new cases last week. Additionally, the district reported 71 total active cases as of Monday, down from 102 on Oct. 19.

As of Tuesday, all district schools are open, following seven partial or full campus shutdowns since the start of the school year.

Chapman's Retreat Elementary was the first to close this semester due to a front office member falling ill followed by a two-week closure of Fairview High in September. Just before fall break earlier this month, Independence High, Page High and Summit High all closed in addition to partial closures of Hillsboro Middle and Crockett Elementary.

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Did I read this correctly? WCS has directed 1424 students and staff to quarantine based on only 71 active cases? Am I the only one that believes this is excessive? I am okay with an initial quarantine based on an exposure concern, but perhaps WCS should consider allowing students and staff to return after one week instead of two if the individual goes to get a test and the test comes back negative. Just a thought.

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