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School district debuts COVID-19 dashboard

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The Baldwin County School District debuted its COVID-19 online dashboard late last week on the district’s official website.

A total of three students and one employee tested positive between Aug. 24 through Aug. 28. There was no breakdown by each individual schools listed on the dashboard. To access the dashboard, log on to baldwincountyschoolsga.org and then click on the “2020-2021 BACK TO SCHOOL” tab near the top of the page.

The first day of school in Baldwin County was Aug. 19. Out of the 4,981 students enrolled in the Baldwin County School District, more than two-thirds have opted for remote learning to begin the school year and technically are enrolled in the Baldwin Online Academy. Each of those students, whether kindergarteners or 12th graders, has been equipped with a laptop computer and sign-in information into the Online Academy.

In terms of in-person classes, Superintendent Noris Price previously told The Baldwin Bulletin that elementary school classes will be limited to 15-20 students, middle school classes 18-20 and high school classes 20-25. The classrooms will not be equipped with any plastic dividers or partitions, at least not to begin the school year. Price said that those items are in high demand and that there’s a problem on the supply side. Within the next few months, however, Price said that the school system hopes to purchase the necessary amount of dividers and install them in classrooms.

Also, masks are mandatory in the schools for everyone, where its students, employees or parents.