LCMS Closes Temporarily with Social Media Notification

By Carol A. Gasser Moore

LANIER COUNTY, Georgia – Amid school personnel calling parents on Saturday, November 7th, a social media post surfaces on the Lanier County Schools (LCS) Facebook page.  On Saturday a social media post indicates that the entire Lanier County Middle School has temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposures.  While parents were called earlier in the day, there was no indication in the calls that an entire school had closed.

According to the Lanier County Schools Facebook page at about 4:44 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th, “Due to a rise in recent COVID quarantine numbers, we are going to place all middle school students in virtual instruction. This will allow time for appropriate disinfecting in the school. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you. If your child needs a Chromebook or a paper packet, these items will be available for pickup on Monday from 3:30 until 5:00 pm. Anyone that has been instructed to quarantine, does not need to be going in public. Please adhere to these instructions. The middle school is the only school temporarily closing.”

At 7:33 p.m., Nov. 7, the LCS Facebook showed a post stating, “Middle school sports were postponed for two weeks, according to the post.”

At 10:09 p.m. the same day (Nov. 7), the LCS Facebook page stated, “Parents have been contacted if their child needs to be in quarantine due to an exposure at school. If you have not been contacted, your child does not have to quarantine. There are 3 positive cases. Eighteen employees are quarantined due to a combination of school & community exposure. This is why the MS has been closed & HS remains open. The building & buses have been sanitized.”

 

Not only did the middle school closing affect middle school students, it also applied to some high school students whose educational needs bring them into the middle school portion of the joint middle-high school building.  While the Lanier County News has not found a letter posted on-line, there has been some on-line discussion that parents were informed that their quarantined students can return to school on Nov. 30.  In other words, quarantined students can expect to have a three week break since their required quarantine would end as the Lanier County School system breaks for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
NOTE:  This is a developing story.

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