Shelby County Schools reports 8 positive COVID-19 cases

Published 9:57 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020


With all schools in the Shelby County School system now back in session, test results have come back for many students who were tested before school resumed on Thursday, Aug. 13.

The school district reported on Tuesday night, Aug. 18, that eight positive cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed across four different schools, but all of those who had contracted the virus confirmed they contracted it from the community prior to the start of school according to SCS.

A breakdown of the cases by each school is below:

  • Inverness Elementary School: One staff member positive with six exposed staff members quarantined. All six are scheduled to return to work on Aug 20.
  • Oak Mountain High School: Four positive students with 12 exposed students in quarantine.
  • Helena Intermediate School: One positive student with three exposed staff members in quarantine.
  • Calera High School: Two positive students.

Chelsea Middle School had one positive staff member with two others quarantined before school resumed, but those staff members have already quarantined and received a negative test to return to work.

According to Shelby County Schools, the schools haven’t closed due to COVID-19, but additional cleaning and sanitization has occurred.

The schools are also closed on Wednesday for sanitization and cleaning with no students allowed on campus at any school on Wednesday’s for that reason during the staggered start to the school year.