Floyd County schools is cautioning students and guardians after health authorities affirmed active instances of tuberculosis at two primary schools.
The school district posted a notice, saying the Georgia Department of Health affirmed one case each at Model Elementary and Johnson Elementary schools.
The Health Department is sending letters home Thursday with more data.
“These letters will provide further details and to help you determine if your child should be tested,” the district said.
“I was shocked. You never hear (about) breakouts like that, not this local, I hope they get it fixed and under control and everyone is safe,” a parent told Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway. “I guess things happen. I’m glad they caught it when they did.”
School authorities said while the cases are concerning, the danger of getting to be contaminated with TB is low. They additionally said the affirmed cases are being treated at home and are not a danger to other people.
“Most of us have been exposed to TB in a Walmart or airport. It’s not easily contracted and they made me feel better. It’s not like, “if I stand next to you, I’ll catch it,” said Superintendent Jeff Wilson. “We went through an entire sanitation process last night. It’s no longer an active threat.”
Wilson revealed to Channel 2 Action News that all students and teachers will be offered the chance to take a complimentary TB test at Johnson Elementary one week from now.