The Newton County School System confirmed that they were notified on Sunday, March 15, by the Gwinnett-Newton-Rockdale Department of Health that an employee of the district who works at the Newton County Theme School was diagnosed with COVID-19.
“The Health Department is conducting an investigation and is working to identify close contacts of the employee and take every precaution necessary to ensure the health and safety of those individuals. The health department encourages individuals to stay home if you are ill and contact your doctor or health professional for more directions. It is also important that students remain home during the school closure to reduce the chance of coming in contact with individuals who are ill. We ask that all stakeholders—students, employees, parents and community members to please follow COVID-19 guidance as emphasized by local, state and national health care providers,” the NCSS noted in a statement.
All Newton County schools are closed indefinitely effective Monday, March 16 and schools and school buses will be cleaned and disinfected during the closure.