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COVID-19 cases continue to go lower for students, rise for faculty and staff
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The number of people who were absent from school on Monday, Aug. 30 due to reported positive COVID-19 cases in the Dawson County school system is 79; 57 students and 22 faculty and staff members. 

After having 85 students, staff and faculty absent from school last week on Monday, Aug. 23, the number had been trending down all week, but spiked again on Friday, Aug. 27 when 21 faculty and staff members reported a positive case. 

The number of students absent from school on Monday, Aug. 30 is the lowest amount of absences since Aug. 20, but the highest number of faculty and staff absent of the semester. 

The Dawson County school began releasing a daily chart on its website accounting for the reported positive cases throughout the entire school system on Friday, Aug. 20. 

Blacks Mill Elementary School has the most cases out of all the schools in Dawson County, peaking at 22 absences on Friday, Aug. 27. Both Blacks Mill and Kilough Elementary School have had over 15 absences on average since Aug. 23. Eight staff members at BMES missed school on Monday. 

After having 24 absences on Aug. 23, Robinson Elementary had the lowest number of absences on Monday with only one student absent with a reported positive case. Riverview Elementary averages the lowest absences per day since last week with just under six students, faculty and staff absent a day with a reporter positive case. 

Dawson County High School fluctuated around 13 cases all last week, peaking at 17 cases on Friday. Both Dawson County Junior High School and Dawson County Middle School average slightly over eight students absent a day. 

Overall, 1.49 percent of students and 4.07 percent of staff members missed school on Monday, Aug. 30 with reported positive cases. 

As the Dawson County school system reports its daily COVID-19 statistics, the DCN will continue to report the daily numbers. 

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