(UPDATE) In response to records request, DeKalb County Schools provides COVID-19 data showing 762 cases

DeKalb County School District Administration and Instructional Complex on Mtn. Industrial Blvd. in Stone Mountain. Photo by Dean Hesse

UPDATE: DeKalb County Schools has released new data showing a total of 762 cases in the school district since July 2020 through Feb. 3. The case breakdown is as follows:

Staff: 510

Students: 158

Central office: 94

Audrey Qualls, an open records specialist with the school district, said, “The data is reflective of cases reported by employees that live in the community and work in the district at a specific location. COVID-19 is an airborne virus and can be contracted anywhere.” 

Here is our earlier story …

DeKalb County, GA — The Tucker Observer and Decaturish.com received COVID-19 data from DeKalb County School District after filing a records request for this information.

The district also published this information on its website. Schools have been conducted virtually since March, but there have been instances of staff and student exposures in the county school district.

According to the district, 462 staffers, 144 students and 90 central office employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 2020. The data does not include case summary reports indicating how the cases were discovered or whether there was in-school transmission of the virus. The district also released a list of 28 buildings within the district that have been cleaned and disinfected.

Unlike other districts, DeKalb County Schools hasn’t been providing regular reports on its cases even as it has been laying the groundwork for students to return. Teachers returned to the buildings on Feb. 3.

The school district says while it is taking metrics into account, it is primarily focused on COVID-19 mitigation measures. The district’s plans have faced pushback from teachers and staff who are concerned about safety measures in place, class sizes and the current number of cases in DeKalb County. Also, the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t being made available to teachers at this time unless they are 65 or older. But the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has said schools can safely reopen without vaccinating teachers, though the White House press secretary has clarified this is not official guidance from the CDC, according to CNBC.com.

According to the Washington Post, CDC researches have concluded that, “Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if schools want to operate safely.”

DeKalb County Schools has not announced a date for students to return. Other districts, including City Schools of Decatur and Atlanta Public Schools have allowed elementary school students back into the building.

Here is the full list of cases and the full list of buildings that have been cleaned by the district:

DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
COVID CASES  July 2020-January 2021
Staff Students Central Office
1 Allgood 5
2 Ashford Park
3 Austin 1
4 Avondale 1
5 Barack Obama 4
6 Bob Mathis 3
7 Bouie 2
8 Briar Vista 3 1
9 Briarlake 2
10 Brockett
11 Browns Mill 4
12 Canby Lane 5
13 Cary Reynolds 1
14 Cedar Grove 2
15 Chapel Hill 4
16 Chesnut
17 Columbia 7
18 DeK Early Learning 2 1
19 D.E.S.A 1 2
20 Dorvaville United 4
21 Dresden 2
22 Dunaire 3
23 Dunwoody 3
24 E.L. Miller 2
25 Evansdale 1
26 Fairington
27 Fernbank 1
28 Flat Rock
29 Flat Shoals 2
30 Hambrick 2
31 Hawthorne 4
32 Henderson Mill 1
33 Hightower 1
34 Huntley Hills 1
35 Idlewood 9 1
36 Indian Creek 4
37 John Lewis 3
38 Jolly 4 2
39 Kelly Lake 1
40 Kingsley 12 1
41 Kittredge Magnet 3
42 Laurel Ridge
43 Livsey 2
44 Marbut 2
45 McLendon
46 McNair Discovery 4
47 Midvale 1
48 Montclair 1
49 Montgomery 2 1
50 Murphy Candler 3
51 Narvie J. Harris 2 4
52 Oak Grove
53 Oak View 3
54 Oakcliff 1
55 Panola Way 1
56 Peachcrest 3
57 Pine Ridge 6
58 Pleasantdale 2
59 Princeton 1
60 Rainbow 1
61 Redan 4 2
62 Robert Shaw 1
63 Rock Chapel 7
64 Rockbridge 4
65 Rowland
66 Sagamore Hills 5
67 Shadow Rock 5 1
68 Smoke Rise 3 2
69 Snapfinger 6
70 Stone Mill 1
71 Stone Mountain 5 1
72 Stone View 8
73 Toney
74 Vanderlyn 1
75 Wadsworth 5
76 Woodridge 2
77 Woodward 2 2
78 Wynbrooke 4
79 Arabia  Mountain 9 7
80 Bethune Middle 5
81 Cedar Grove Middle 3 2
82 Cedar Grove High 7 3
83 Chamblee Middle
84 Chamblee High 4 1
85 Champion Middle 8
86 Chapel Hill Middle 4
87 Clarkston High 10 2
88 Columbia Middle 8
89 Columbia High 8 3
90 Cross Keys High 4
91 DECA 3
92 DeKalb Alt 5
93 DeKalb School Arts 5
94 Druid Hills Middle 2
95 Druid Hills High 8 5
96 Dunwoody High 9 22
97 Elizabeth Andrews
98 Freedom Middle 7
99 Henderson Middle 3
100 Lakeside High 7 5
101 Lithonia Middle 2
102 Lithonia High 7 1
103 MLK High 5 2
104 McNair Middle 6
105 McNair High 1 1
106 Miller Grove Middle 8
107 Miller Grove High 3 12
108 Peachtree Middle 4
109 Redan Middle 4 6
110 Redan High 10 2
111 Salem Middle 4
112 Sequoyah Middle 4
113 Southwest DeKalb High 8 13
114 Stephenson Middle 5
115 Stephenson High 11 13
116 Stone Mtn Middle 9
117 Stone Mtn High 6 2
118 Towers High 4 5
119 Tucker Middle 6 2
120 Tucker High 9 4
121 Coralwood 2 1
122 D.A.T.E
123 DeKalb HS Tech South 2
124 DeKalb PATH 1
125 DeKalb Prep 6 3
126 Eagle Woods 1
127 Globe Academy
128 International Student Center 3
129 International Community
130 Leadership Prep 1
131 Margaret Harris 2 1
132 Museum School
133 Shadow Rock Center 3
134 Tapestry
135 Fernbank Sci Center 2
136 Coralwood Diagnostic 1
Central Office 90
Staff/StudentTotal 462 144 606
District Total 696
Central Office: Central Office Staff, Human Resources, Ciriculum and Instruction, Public Safety, Transportation, Information Technology and facilities and operations.
Cleaning/Disinfecting of Schools
Location Location Disinfected/Cleaned
Public Safety Office 4/15/2020
Lithonia HS-Loading Dock/cafeteria 4/17/2020
Clarkston HS – cafeteria 4/21/2020
Marbut ES – cafeteria 4/28/2020
Stone Mountain HS – main entrance/gym 7/6/2020
McNair MS – cafeteria 7/8/2020
Dunwoody HS – gym 7/24/2020
E.L. Miller 7/29/2020
Tucker – weight room 7/30/2020
Hightower ES – Bookkeeper’s office 7/30/2020
Lakeside HS – weight & locker rooms 8/3/2020
Sam Moss Center 8/4/2020
Clarkston HS – weight room 8/5/2020
Bethune MS – restrooms/gym 8/6/2020
Public Safety 9/21/2020
Columbia MS 10/6/2020
Transportation-Memorial Dr. 10/13/2020
Freedom MS-Cafeteria 10/21/2020
Sam Moss Center-Warehouse area 11/9/2020
SWD HS cafeteria 11/10/2020
SMHS cafeteria 11/16/2020
Arabia Mtn. cafeteria 12/14/2020
Columbia MS cafeteria 12/15/2020
Henderson MS cafeteria 12/15/2021
Miller Grove MS cafeteria 1/5/2021
Sam Moss Center-Office area/transportation o 1/9/2021
east Dekalb support office 1/26/2021
DSA cafeteria 2/4/2021

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