Newton County, GA—The Newton County School System has been notified that a student at Mansfield Elementary School has tested positive for monkeypox virus. In addition, a student at Flint Hill Elementary School also is currently being tested for monkeypox, officials said.
The school district notified parents at both schools via a School Messenger on Tuesday. Parents of students considered to be close contacts, in accordance with CDC criteria, will receive separate communications advising them of next steps, district officials said in a statement.
Due to HIPPA and FERPA regulations, Newton County School System cannot release information on individual students.
Newton County School System facilities employees will thoroughly clean and disinfect classrooms and other areas at both schools to ensure ongoing safe and healthy learning and work environments for students and staff. Both schools remain open.
For more information on the Monkeypox virus, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/monkeypox.