THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville City Schools Board of Education received an update this week on the status of exposure to COVID-19 for staff.

Cate Gentry, TCS superintendent, indicated there were three cases among faculty and staff and an additional 12 individuals who had been exposed. Gentry said that just shy of 5% of all faculty members are affected.

“The numbers in Davidson County are not great,” Gentry said. “I can tell you yesterday our HR department was hopping. I think we were up to 15 folks who upon return are dealing with cases of COVID or exposure to COVID.”

TCS remains fully remote for students through Jan. 15, and faculty have the option of working remotely as well. A hybrid schedule will be implemented again, based on the A-week, B-week previously approved by the board.

Gentry is continuing to monitor the situation as it evolves, especially following the holidays, which brought with them a predicted increase in exposure.

“One of the new things it sounds like we’re seeing is that it’s like a whole family, which is what I think we were expecting following the holidays,” Gentry said. “We’re anticipating that we’re going to see some more of a ripple effect from that, through the rest of the week and probably into next week.”

The board also approved the next step in a collaboration with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for COVID-19 screening, as well as tracking students and staff. This ABC Collaborative is a program that pairs scientists and physicians with school and community leaders to help understand the most current information.

Given the option, Gentry said many educators are taking the chance to work from home.

“All of our students are remote and most teachers have elected to go remote for the first two weeks,” Gentry said.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.