"You just don't have a level of transparency about what you're being exposed to and what you're around at school," Shepard said. "I think that student health is a part of student success, and I think it should be something that should be prioritized." mdjonline.com/news/school-su…
'The Wheeler senior also said she would feel safer if masks were mandated in Cobb Schools.'
'For his part, Ragsdale said there "has not been a more complex environment that anybody has had to operate in."

"It's a struggle," he said, but there are protocols in place.'
'Ragsdale said the district has modified its quarantined process for close-contact students, but he said district officials also make sure there is adequate information about changes to protocols via email, social media and on the district website'
'In terms of contact tracing, Ragsdale called the practice "a huge lift that everybody has struggled with," in the district of more than 100 schools and 107,000 students.'
'Ragsdale noted that close contacts must quarantine at home for three days after the exposure before they can return to school under certain circumstances. Previously, students could return to school the next day, so long as they were asymptomatic and wore a mask for 10 days.'
'Asked whether there are any plans to make masks mandatory in Cobb Schools, Ragsdale reiterated that masks are "strongly encouraged" but remain optional in the district.'
'"You can say there's a plan today and that plan may change tomorrow," he said. "And that's the environment we're living in right now."'
This is simply not true, @mdjonline: 'He said the district stayed with the optional policy because upon inspection of COVID-19 numbers in districts across the state, regardless of mask policy, "the numbers are all over the place."' #FactCheck needed!
'"There was no data that showed, 'Yes, there is a significant difference in mandate or not. That's not to say that we're anti-mask or we're not allowing mask utilization,"'
'"We just believe that at the present time, it's just not appropriate to mandate and take that choice away from families."'
'The same policy applies to mandating vaccines for staff, he said, adding that it is "an individual, personal decision, and it needs to stay that way.'
'He also said the district wants to do "everything we can" to ensure students continue face-to-face learning and strongly encourages vaccination as well.'
'Asked how much politics factors into the decision to leave masks optional, Ragsdale said "none." The easiest decision would instead be to mandate masks, he said, because "that's where the political pressure is coming from."'
@mdjonline, you really need to fact check. The only district of a similar size with a mandate is Gwinnett. Despite have at least 60K more kids, it has less cases. And there is now only 1 other metro county without a mandate...the only other one with a big case problem: Cherokee Image
Ragsdale of @CobbSchools can't or won't define what the board banned: 'Morgan pressed Ragsdale to define critical race theory, to which he responded "I'm not even going to attempt to," citing the multiple definitions floating around and pointing again to the school board'
Dekalb has a mandate, has at about 10K less kids and has significantly less cases.

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28 Aug
Well said; however, @AJCGetSchooled, what if it is the super who is the problem? Ragsdale's quote in the MDJ yesterday, which is an either/or fallacy, indicates that Cobb is not doing anything to stop COVID because he (not board) believes the is nothing to do other than close.
@AJCGetSchooled The quote, @AJCGetSchooled: 'Look, if you want to stop the spread of this virus in the classroom there’s only one thing you can do: (students) not being in a classroom. That’s it. There’s nothing in the world that we can do,” Ragsdale said' mdjonline.com/news/ragsdale-…
@AJCGetSchooled This is a classic example of a false dilemma or either/or fallacy and a way to justify inaction by blaming it on the problem just being too big, too hard to solve, or the solution being too unpalatable, ignoring any other solutions. fallacyinlogic.com/false-dilemma/ Image
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27 Aug
This week's @CobbSchools hotspots---#COVID19 is now up in HS: Walton and Wheeler (17), Sprayberry (69), Pebblebrook (19), Osborne (15), North Cobb (18), McEachern (27), Lassiter (14), Kennesaw Mountain (19), Kell (15), Hillgrove (14), Harrison (17), Campbell (22), Allatoona (22)
@CobbSchools This week's @CobbSchools MS hotspots: McCleskey (17), Mabry (14), Lost Mountain (12), Lindley 7th & 8th (20), Griffin and Garrett (16), Cooper (25), Barber (17)----Barber seems wrong since they went virtual for 1 grade.
@CobbSchools This week's @CobbSchools ES hotspots: Vaughan (17), Sope Creek (18), Nickajack (23), Murdock (14), Hayes (11), Garrison Mill (15), Ford (12), East Side (22), Davis (16), Bullard (11), Brumby (15), Baker (28)
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22 Aug
Thanks to hivemind support from @melissaamerault and others, I'm working on comparing the current data to last years. First takeaway? Cobb schools didn't exceed 1,000 cases until the week of December 11th. That was after ES, MS, and HS had all returned f2f and a break
@melissaamerault It, however, did not have over 800 cases in a single week ANY week in the 2020-2021 school year. The highest weekly increase was 470 week of January 15th, 2021.
@melissaamerault Cobb had over 942 new cases this week, week of August 20th, 2021. That is almost exactly DOUBLE the highest weekly new cases from last year (470 on 1/15), 3 weeks into the year @ChrisJoseWSB, @RebeccaGaunt, @CobbCourier, @ajc, @mdjonline, @nytimes @CDPHga
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21 Aug
'The Courier recently requested a copy of the documents or memos given to schools within the Cobb County School District explaining how to report incidences of COVID-19.' cobbcountycourier.com/2021/08/a-walk…
'Our purpose was to learn how the district gathers the data for their weekly case report.

The district provided us with three documents: Infectious Disease Reporting Protocol, Notifiable Disease Condition Reporting, and COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Guidance for Employees.'
'The first document, Infectious Disease Reporting Protocol, provides a step-by-step description of the reporting process, and that’s the one we’ll focus on in this article.'
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21 Aug
'The number of COVID-19 cases in Cobb County schools has more than doubled in a week.' 'Every Cobb County school but one — the South Cobb Early Learning Center — has now reported a coronavirus infection this school year.' mdjonline.com/news/cobb-scho…
'Thirteen elementary schools reported double-digit case increases this week. The list was topped by East Side, Dowell, and Nickajack Elementary Schools, respectively clocking 35, 29, and 26 new cases.'
'Most of the county’s middle schools reported a dozen or fewer cases, with one glaring exception, as Barber Middle School in Acworth reported 35.'
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21 Aug
State school-aged data---cases for ages 5-17 are out of control. Hospitalizations rising for the MS level. ER visits up. …emiologyschoolreport.s3.amazonaws.com/SchoolAgeSurve…
The school aged group is up 59.2% statewide. …emiologyschoolreport.s3.amazonaws.com/SchoolAgeSurve…
Largest recorded number of school and daycare clusters, as far as I can tell. Hate these kinds of graphs, they don't communicate info clearly. But, the increase is obvious. …emiologyschoolreport.s3.amazonaws.com/SchoolAgeSurve…
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