One teacher illness puts 52 kids in quarantine in Powell County

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – When Powell County schools returned to some in-person classes last week, they did it with a mix of in-person instruction Tuesday through Thursday and online learning on Mondays and Fridays.

The hybrid system was designed to achieve several goals, including easing students and teachers back into a classroom setting and trying to minimize potential exposure to the coronavirus.

One of those goals has become necessary after a teacher at Powell County Middle School tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday, prompting 52 students to go into quarantine. She had begun feeling ill and stayed home and then learned of the positive test.

But because they already had been doing online learning, the transition, which will continue through Oct. 14, has been easier, according to Superintendent Dr. Anthony Orr.

According to the state’s online portal, the case is the only one in Powell County schools so far. Overall, the county had a 17.3 incidence rate per 100,000 population as of Monday, putting the county in the middle of the ‘orange’ category which suggests the potential for an increase in the community.

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