Back-to-school crisis continues as new coronavirus numbers rise

Florida and Georgia reported their highest daily death tolls of the pandemic and the back-to-school debate takes center stage in Georgia with over 1,000 students and staff quarantining.
2:26 | 08/12/20

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In the meantime, we want to turn to the latest on the coronavirus emergency. Florida and Georgia reporting their highest daily death tolls so far and in Georgia the back-to-school crisis is taking center stage and Steve osunsami has the latest. Reporter: Like a number of this country's school systems, schools this cherokee county went back to school and students and staff are needing to quarantine at home. The superintendent explains 59 staff members and students including one kindergartner have tested positive for covid-19 across 19 of the schools so far. So many of us were desperately wanting our kids to be face-to-face. Reporter: One is shutting down in person learning until the end of the month but at least 14 people tested positive for covid-19 and they're still waiting on test results from 15 others. Nearly 300 people are needing to quarantine from that school alone and the school says that number could increase, quote, dramatically with more positive test results. At a school board meeting Tuesday night more than an hour away parents with different feelings on the issue got since July 1st the schools have recorded 53 positive case, a former student on one side of the issue has started a petition. Five days ago I started a petition calling for the school district to cancel in-person instruction in all schools and return to virtual learning until the school district can ensure a safe, challenging and healthy environment for all students and staff. Reporter: But a few current students are speaking out saying learning remotely robs them of social interaction that they need. Everyone has the right to make their own decisions and have opinions, but we shouldn't be forced to go online because others are fearful. Reporter: Parents were just as divided. What if worst comes to worst? Will board members contribute to the gofundme campaign for the families that contract covid-19? Reporter: A number of different experts, associations, for example, that represent pediatricians say it's actually better for children to be back in school if it can be done safely and that's the word everyone is struggling with, safely, robin. Safely, you're right about that, Steve. All right. Thank you.

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